by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 25th, 2016


9 Things You Didn't Know About Purim

From Esther's vegetarianism to the Jewish leap year, things that might surprise you.
With costumes, spiels and lots of drinking, Purim, which this year starts at sundown on Wednesday, March 23, is one of Judaism’s most raucous holidays. You might know about beautiful Esther thwarting evil Haman’s plans, the custom of getting drunk and what hamantaschen are. But we’re guessing there’s a few things about this holiday that might surprise you. "Hamantaschen" is a Yiddish word meaning "Haman's pockets."   Hamantashen are made with many different fillings, including poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional variety), prunes, nut, date, apricot, raspberry, raisins, apple, fruit preserves in a lekvar style, cherry, fig, chocolate, dulce de leche, halva, or even caramel or cheese.[1] Their formation varies from hard pastry to soft doughy casings.
1. Esther was a vegetarian (or at least a flexitarian).
According to midrash, while Queen Esther lived in the court of King Ahasuerus, she followed a vegetarian diet consisting largely of legumes so that she would not break the laws of kashrut (dietary laws). For this reason, there is a tradition of eating beans and peas on Purim. (After all, you’ll need something healthy after all the booze and hamantaschen.)
2. You’re supposed to find a go-between to deliver your mishloach manot, the gift baskets traditionally exchanged with friends and family on Purim. 
[Mishloach Manot (Purim baskets). (Wikimedia Commons)]
Mishloach Manot (Purim baskets). (Wikimedia Commons)
The verse in the book of Esther about mishloach manot stipulates that we should send gifts to one another, not just give gifts to one another. As a result, it’s better to send your packets of goodies to a friend via a messenger, than to just give them outright. Anyone can act as a go-between, so feel free to recruit the postal service or even that nice guy in the elevator to help you deliver your gifts. 
3. The Book of Esther is the only biblical book that does not include God’s name.
[purim Megillat_Esther_(1)]
The Book of Esther  also makes no references to the Temple, to prayer, or to Jewish practices such as kashrut [keeping kosher]. 
4. Hamantaschen  might have been designed to symbolize Haman’s hat — or his ears or pockets. Or something a little more womanly.
Some say these cookies represent Haman’s ears (the Hebrew name for them, oznei Haman, means just this), and refer to a custom of cutting off a criminal’s ears before his execution. Another theory is that the three corners represent the three patriarchs whose power weakened Haman and gave strength to Esther to save the Jews. Yet another theory: Because the German word tasche means “pouch” or “pocket,” the cookies could signify Haman’s pockets and the money he offered the king for permission to kill the Jews. Finally, in recent years, some feminists have suggested the cookies, which after all, are not dissimilar in appearance to female reproductive parts, were meant to be fertility symbols.
5. In 1945, a group of American GI’s held belated Purim services inside Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ confiscated castle.
[goebbels castle]
According to JTA coverage at the time, the Jewish chaplain “carefully arranged the candles over a swastika-bedecked bookcase in Goebbels’ main dining room,” and Jewish soldiers explained to their Christian comrades in attendance  “about Haman and why it was so fitting that Purim services should be held in a castle belonging to Goebbels.”
6. The Book of Esther, which many scholars theorize is fictional, may be an adaptation of a Babylonian story.
Some scholars argue  that the Book of Esther adapted stories about these pagan gods — Marduk becoming Mordecai and Ishtar transformed to Esther — to reflect the realities of its own Jewish authors in exile
7. The Jewish calendar has a regular leap year with two months of Adar (but only one Purim, which falls during the second Adar).
To ensure that the holidays remain in their mandated seasons, the Jewish calendar was ingeniously adjusted to accommodate the 11-day difference between the lunar and solar years. In the 4th century C.E., Hillel scheduled an extra month at the end of the biblical year, as necessary. The biblical year begins in spring with Nissan (Exodus 12:1-2) and ends with Adar. Hillel, in conjunction with the Sanhedrin (Jewish supreme court) chose to repeat Adar (Adar I and Adar II) every 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th year over a 19-year period.
8. Purim is celebrated one day later inside walled cities than it is everywhere else.
The Book of Esther differentiates between Jews who lived and fought their enemies for two days within the walled, capital city of Shushan and those who lived in unwalled towns, where only one day was needed to subdue the enemy. The Rabbis determined we should make that same distinction when memorializing the event. Accordingly, if a person lives in a city that has been walled since the days of Joshua (circa 1250 B.C.E.), as Shushan was, Purim is celebrated on the fifteenth of the month of Adar, a day referred to as “Shushan Purim.”
9. Just after the 1991 Gulf War, Israel’s most popular Purim costume was of the Israel Defense Forces spokesman whose face appeared on TV every time a Scud missile alert sounded — and people snacked on “Saddamtaschen” instead of hamantaschen.
Spokesman Nachman Shai’s “reassuring tones earned him the sobriquet ‘National Valium,’” while Israel was being pelted with Iraqi missiles, according to a JTA report at the time. That year, while many costume-makers avoided the temptation to make Saddam Hussein costumes (it would be like a Hitler costume, one vendor told JTA), bakeries hawked “Saddamtashen,” which “look and taste exactly like Hamantashen.”

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 3rd, 2015

Releasing the 8 Blessings of Hanukkah!
Chag Sameach (happy holidays!),

Did you know that the story of Hanukkah is VERY applicable to us today?

If you aren't familiar with Hanukkah, it is NOT the Jewish Christmas—but it IS connected with Yeshua our Messiah.

It is difficult to read about the story of Hanukkah and not see parallels with our lives today!
The Story of Hanukkah
The story takes place during the 2nd century BC when Antiochus IV tried to force the Jews to assimilate into Greek culture—to the extent of prohibiting Jewish religious observance.
There could be no Jewish worship, no circumcision, and there was a practice of forced assimilation.

The Jewish people, led by the Maccabee family, revolted against this tyranny. After 3 years they defeated Antiochus' armies and reclaimed Jerusalem in 164 BC.

After their victory, the Jewish fighters entered the Holy Temple, finding it in complete disarray. The Temple had to be cleansed and rededicated. The Greeks had littered it with pagan idols, sacrificed pigs on the altar, and defiled the Temple in every way.

When it was time to light the Menorah, the Maccabees found only one jar of Holy oil bearing the seal of the High Priest, Yochanan. The men were forced to light the Menorah in faith that this small amount of oil would last until more Holy oil could be prepared—it would take a miracle!

Through a miracle of God, the oil burned for eight days—the exact time it took the priests to prepare more Holy oil. This was the miracle of Hanukkah... God provided!

In John 9:5 Yeshua identifies Himself with Hanukkah as the Servant who brings the Light. The center candle of the Hanukkiah (the nine branched menorah) is referred to as the "Shammas," or "Servant" candle—the one candle that provides light for all eight.
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."—John 9:5
We know that Yeshua had a very special relationship with the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). It is believed that He was conceived during this season, and it is recorded in John 10:22-23 that Yeshua Himself—the Light of the World—was at the Temple in Jerusalem, walking in Solomon's porch, during the Feast of Dedication:
"Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch."

Hanukkah Blessings for His People Israel
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First Candle, Aleph: Father

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD [is] one!"—Deuteronomy 6:4

May the faithfulness of the Father flood over Israel in this season!

The first light of Hanukkah represents God, the Father. Through My Olive Tree sponsorships we are demonstrating the heart of the Father towards His children by helping immigrant families earn a reasonable living. Our groves are tended to and harvested by Israeli farmers, Thai immigrants, and Arab Israelis.

Second Candle, Bet: Son

"Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?"—Amos 3:3

May the love of the Father heal the hearts of Israel this Hanukkah!

The second light of Hanukkah represents the Son. Through our sponsorships we are taking care of the sons and daughters of Israel by helping support safe house work in Israel. Each year My Olive Tree donates our harvest of oil to the farmers for economic support—AND we also donate 10% of the monetary value of each harvest into humanitarian outreach. Year-after-year...Tree-after-tree...We are making a difference!

Third Candle, Gimel: Spirit

"Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken."—Ecclesiastes 4:12

May the Spirit of the Lord breathe on Israel!

The third light of Hanukkah represents the Spirit. As we operate in the Spirit of the Lord, we are literally helping fulfill the Bible prophecy of Amos 9 and Isaiah 35.

Fourth Candle, Dalet: God Created

"So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens."—Genesis 1:19-20

May Israel be at peace and may she prosper!

The fourth light of Hanukkah represents that God created. Through My Olive Tree we are being invited to participate in His creation. Our work generates the physical response of olive groves and has a positive impact on the agricultural economy in Israel. Each tree is planted for peace and stands tall fighting against the BDS movement.

Fifth Candle, He: Redemption and Grace

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."—John 3:16

May the land of Israel and her people experience grace and full redemption!

Every tree and every vine sponsored through My Olive Tree grows as a sign of redemption and grace for the people and the land of Israel. We are planting to redeem the land and take root in the promise of Zion.

Sixth Candle, Vav: Man

"...having abolished in His flesh the enmity, [that is,] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man [from] the two, [thus] making peace..."—Ephesians 2:15

May Israel experience the blessings of the One New Man in unified action!

The sixth candle represents man. As the One New Man, Jew and Gentile united, we have been called to bless Israel with our prayers and tangible gifts. There is nothing more tangible than an olive tree that grows as a symbol of peace and solidarity. Give a harvest to help support farmers and Israel's economy.

Seventh Candle, Zayen: Spiritual Perfection

"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it..."—Genesis 2:2-3

May God's spiritual perfection, alignment, revelation, and provision be released in Israel!

The seventh candle represents spiritual perfection or completion. At My Olive Tree we do not simply plant olives trees and then leave. We provide irrigation and continued care to ensure that our trees not only survive, but thrive! Our trees and vines receive water and care from either farmers or soldiers.

Eighth Candle, Het: Superabundance into a New Beginning

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."—Philippians 4:13

May a sense of hope flood through the land and the hearts of the people with every tree sponsored growing as a sign of friendship and a bright future!

The eighth candle represents the abundance of hope and a new beginning.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on December 1st, 2015

The first day of Hanukkah falls on Dec. 7th this Year,

The Feast of Dedication” or Hanukkah, — you will not find this Holiday in Lev. 23 with the seven Feasts of the Lord. But we find it in John 10:22 and other places as well. I think it may be necessary to do a little history here before going on; this will not be a history lesson, just a little background.

The time was around 167 BC or, if you’re Jewish–BCE.  Prior to this date a young ruler named Alexander the Great, ruled the entire ancient world.  This period of time is referred to as “the Hellenistic period” (Greeks).  His untimely death caused a power struggle and four of his generals split up the kingdom.  The one that ended up with Israel was Antiochus IV.  This new Ruler of Israel commanded everyone to convert to Hellenism (Greek Mythology) and the Greek values that he held. Many did, even many of the Jews of the land because they found it to be a very civilized way of life.

But, there were those Jews who held close to the Torah and God’s way of worship and refused to embrace Hellenism. In fact, Antiochus gave the Jews an ultimatum, to either give up their distinctive customs, such as worshipping on the Sabbath (Saturday), Circumcision, and Kosher Laws, or die.

One of the first things Antiochus did was to desecrate the Holy Temple.  He ordered the utensils, such as the Menorah, Altar, and Table to be defiled and torn down.  Then to be certain that he had accomplished his job, he ordered a pig to be sacrificed on the holy altar. After doing all of that, he order that a Greek god Zeus be worshiped in the Temple.

When Antiochus heard that the people were murmuring and talking about revolt against him, he marched his troops to a town in the foothills called Modi’in.  His plan was to erect a false god in the city and force the people to worship it.  Modi’in was the home of a priest named Mattathias who had five sons.  He and his sons revolted and killed the soldiers and began the revolt against this evil ruler.  One of Mattathias’s sons was Judah, and he became the new leader and was quickly nicknamed “Maccabee” (the Hammer in Hebrew).  To bring this piece of history to a close we will just report that Maccabee and his men defeated the Greek armies and got rid of Antiochus.

The Maccabees now faced the task of restoring the Temple for Jewish worship to their Holy God.  They cleansed the Temple and restored the furnishings.  There was special attention given to the Menorah, for it symbolized the Light of God.  They restored it and when they went to light it, they found there was a problem.  This Menorah could only be used with special oil, and it took eight days to prepare such oil.  They found enough of this special oil to burn only one day.  To celebrate the victory of the battle fought for their religious liberty, they decided to light the Menorah anyway and allow the light of God to shine forth with its glory, even if but for a day.  But God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted eight days, until the new oil was made ready.  So today we have the eight days of the Feast of Dedication “Hanukkah.”  It is also why you will see a nine branch Menorah instead of seven in most Jewish homes.  It represents the miracle of the eight days the oil burned; the ninth branch (in the center) is the Shamash (Servant Lamp), which represents the Messiah.  

There are many customs and traditions that brings one closer to God and understanding of His greatness associated with this holiday, but I want to keep this as short as possible.  Each night for eight nights a candle is lighted. The Shamash (the center) is always lit first, for it is from the Messiah that all light flows.  It is then used to light each candle for the eight nights.  Blessing is said and songs about Hanukkah sung. Gifts are given to the children each of the eight nights.  During the lighting of the Shamash and the other candles are lit with the Shamash, the following blessings are said. I will try to write the Hebrew in English letters for you, I hope I do it correctly.

A little advice in lighting the candles, you place them in the Menorah from right to left, but you light them with the Shamash  from left to right.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has set us apart by your commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah.

So after lighting the candles and singing the Hanukkah songs, you set down for a festive meal, each night for eight nights.
Please remember our Shabbat/Hanukkah Fellowship Dinner Friday December 11th, 2015 at 7:30 PM!
 So I will conclude with one Jewish recipe for “Latkes” or to put it more simply “Potato Pancakes.”
2      Eggs
3      Cups grated, drained potatoes
4      Tbls. Grated onion
¼ tsp. Pepper
2      Tbls. Cracker or matzah meal
½ cup oil or butter
 Beat the eggs and add the potatoes, onions, salt (to taste), pepper, and meal. Heat half the oil or butter in a frying pan and drop the potato mixture into it by tablespoon.  Fry until browned on both sides. Keep pancakes hot until all are fried and add more oil or butter as required. Serve with Applesauce or sour cream. Serves 8.
Please Pray about  your Special Hanukkah Offering to Yahweh our God this season!  
Shalom, and Hag Same’ach, (Happy Holiday)
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 19th, 2015

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root" 
- Henry David Thoreau
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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 19th, 2015

The Festival of Chanukah
Dedicated against Assimilation

And it was at Jerusalem the feast of Chanukah, and it was winter.
- John 10:22


The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication" and marks an eight day winter celebration (from Kislev 25 - Tevet 3) that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple after a small group of Jewish believers defeated the forces of assimilation at work in their world. As such, Chanukah represents the victory of faith over the ways of speculative reason, and demonstrates the power of the miracle in the face of mere humanism.

The Story of Chanukah

According to mainstream Jewish tradition, the story of Chanukah goes something like this. In 333 BCE, Alexander the Great conquered Syria, Egypt and Babylonia, and promoted a lenient form of Hellenistic culture, encouraging the study of the language, customs and dress of the Greeks. Alexander was not necessarily bad to the Jews, and a legend tells that when he marched through Jerusalem he asked the High Priest to erect a statue to his honor within the Temple. The High Priest told Alexander that such was forbidden, though the Jewish people would construct a "living memorial" by naming all their firstborn sons after the great king. Alexander agreed to this and things went fairly well for the Jews. Nevertheless, the encounter of the Jewish people and their Torah-based ethics with the worldview of ancient Greece proved to be a traumatic shock which ultimately threatened to undermine the very existence of Judaism.

Over a century later, in 167 BCE, the ripened fruit of Hellenization began to appear in the form of one of Alexander's successors, the Syrian king Antiochus IV ("Epiphanes"), who began to openly persecute the Jews. Among other atrocities, Antiochus appointed a Hellenistic "High Priest" to the Temple, prohibited the study of the Torah, and desecrated the altar by requiring pigs to be sacrificed on it (the Jews referred to Antiochus not as Epiphanes, "God (i.e., Zeus) made manifest," but rather as Epimanes - "the madman.")

These outrages finally incited rebellion, and by 165 BCE the Hasmonean family of Mattityahu the High Priest and his youngest son, Judah "Maccabee" (the "Hammer"), organized a revolt that eventually succeeded in evicting the Syrian-Greeks from Israel. The Temple in Jerusalem was liberated but needed to be rededicated for Jewish worship.

According to later tradition (as recorded in the Talmud (Shabbat 21b)), at the time of the rededication (on Kislev 25), there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Syrian-Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah to burn continually in the Temple, but there was only enough to last for one day. Miraculously, the sanctified oil burned for eight days --  the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.

A Wintertime Sukkot?

Interestingly, the story outlined above derives from extra-biblical literature, as well as from the Apocrypha (Books of the Maccabees), except that there is no mention of the oil nor of the miracle of the oil in these sources. Only until we reach the time of the Gemara (the later part of the Talmud that was commentary on the Mishnah, completed around 500 AD) do we hear anything about the miracle of the oil in connection with the rededication of the Temple.

This has led some Jewish scholars to suggest that perhaps Chanukah was originally intended to be a later celebration of Sukkot, generally considered to be the most important of all the Jewish holidays, which the Hasmoneans did not have a chance to celebrate during their warfare with the Syrians.

Customs of Chanukah (Minhagim)

Regardless of the relative obscurity of the origins of Chanukah, Rabbinic tradition has instituted various rules (mitzvot) and customs (minhagim) for the observance of this eight-day festival to commemorate the Jews victory over their enemies. Among these are:
Celebrating Chanukah for eight days, from Kislev 25 to Tevet 3 on the Jewish calendar (Talmud: Shabbat 21b)Lighting the Chanukiah, a special form of menorah designed to recall the miracle of the eight days in which the sanctified oil burned in the temple. The nightly kindling of the Chanukiah with its increasingly brighter light is a symbol of godly resistance to both tyranny and the forces of assimilation (Talmud: Sukkah 46a).Be joyous on Chanukah and avoid signs of sadness (i.e., no mourning or fasting, except in the case of shiva [Talmud: Shabbat 21b]).

Candle Lighting Procedures

The procedures for lighting the chanukiah (Chanukah menorah) are as follows.  On the first night (unless it is Friday), after the stars appear, the first candle is placed at the end of the menorah, facing the right hand.  We light the shamash (i.e., the servant candle), recite the traditional blessings (lehadlik ner shel Chanukah, she'ash nissim, and the Shehecheyanu) and then light the rightmost candle. We return the shamash to its holder. We then recite the Ha-nerot ha-lalu statement and celebrate! We let the candles burn all the way down....

On the second night, we add one candle to the left (now we have two at the right end of the menorah). We light the shamash, recite the blessings (minus the Shehecheyanu), and light the candles left-to-right in the menorah (i.e., the newest candle is lit first). Again we recite the Ha-nerot ha-lalu statement and celebrate! And so on for each of the eight days of Chanukah. 

This procedure continues until the eighth night, when the entire chanukiah is lit up:

The last night of Chanukah is called Zot Chanukah, "This is Chanukah" (from the Chanukah Torah portion for the last day: זאת חֲנֻכַּת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ בְּיוֹם הִמָּשַׁח אתוֹ / "This is the dedication (chanukah) of the altar, in the day of its being anointed..." (Num. 7:84)).  It marks the grand finale of the Chanukah celebration, when the supernatural light burns brightest!

Note: If a day of Chanukah occurs on a Shabbat (i.e., Friday night), you light the Chanukiah candles before lighting the Shabbat candles.

Displaying the Chanukiah

It is an old custom to display the chanukiah where its lights will be visible from the outside. Note that if you place the chanukiah near a window, the candles should appear lit right to left from the point of view of the one seeing them from outside. Many families have multiple chanukiahs, one for each child of the household, and perhaps a larger one for the entire family.

Here's a practical tip.  To clean your chanukiah after Chanukah, use a hairdryer -- set on low -- and heat up the menorah wherever you see the wax drippings. Use a butter knife to peel away the warmed wax....

Playing the Dreidel Game

The playing of games has long been associated with Chanukah. The most popular is the game of Dreidel (or Sevivon). The dreidel is a four-sided top. On each side is written one of the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hey, or Shin. The letters stand for the phrase, Nes gadol hayah sham, "a great miracle happened there."

[Spin the Dreidel]

The rules are simple. Each player puts something into the pot - perhaps a penny or a couple nuts. Then the players take turns spinning the dreidel. If Nun comes up, nothing happens. For Gimmel, the player gets the whole pot. For Hey, the player takes half the pot. For Shin, the player has to share, or add to the pot.

Note: In Israel, the dreidel uses a Pey for poh ("here") instead of a Shin for sham ("there").

Other Chanukah Customs

In Israel, on erev Chanukah (just before the first night), marathon runners carry a torch from the flame of the menorah at the village of Modin to the Western Wall of the Temple to kindle a giant-sized menorah located there for the holiday.  During the eight days, it is customary to eat potato latkes and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) while celebrating God's providential love and protection at this time. Playing the dreidel game helps us remember that "a great miracle happened there." Giving tzedakah ("charity") is also encouraged at this time. Many people also exchange gifts during Chanukah or give "gelt" (coins or small amounts of money) to children. Special music and traditional songs (such as Ma'oz Tzur, "Rock of Ages," Ner Rishon, Sevivon, etc.) are also sung during this time.
Chanukah Torah Readings

Because Chanukah is an eight-day holiday, and a week is only seven days, there has to be at least one day when Shabbat and Chanukah overlap (on years when Chanukah begins on a Shabbat, there are actually two overlapping Shabbats).  For best results, always consult a good Jewish calendar. In general, however, an additional Chanukah Torah reading (Numbers 7:1-8:4) is divided over the eight days of the holiday as follows (remember that the day begins at sundown on the Jewish calendar):

Brit Chadashah
Chanukah 1
(Kislev 25)
Numbers 7:1-7:17
Zech. 2:10-4:7
(only if Shabbat)
John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 2
(Kislev 26)
Numbers 7:18-7:29

John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 3
(Kislev 27)
Numbers 7:24-7:35

John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 4
(Kislev 28)
Numbers 7:30-7:41

John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 5
(Kislev 29)
Numbers 7:36-7:47

John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 6
(Kislev 30)
Numbers 28:1-17;
Numbers 7:54-59
Num. 28:1-15
(Rosh Chosesh Tevet)
John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 7
(Tevet 1)
Numbers 7:48-7:59

John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39
Chanukah 8
(Tevet 2)
Numbers 7:54-8:4
1 Kings 7:40-50
(only if 2nd Shabbat)
John 9:1-7;
John 10:22-39

Since Chanukah celebrates the victory of Maccabee forces over the Greeks and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the additional Chanukah Torah readings are connected to the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the wilderness.

On the first seven days of Chanukah we read of the sacrifices and gifts offered by the first seven tribal leaders. On the eighth day we read of the offerings of the remaining five leaders, and we continue to the next Torah portion, reading about God's commandment to Aaron to kindle the Menorah in the Tabernacle. On the Shabbat of Chanukah we add the Haftorah reading (from the Book of Zechariah) that speaks of Zechariah's prophecy concerning a menorah. (On Rosh Chodesh Tevet, usually the 6th day of Chanukah, additional readings are performed.)

In the synagogue, on each of the eight days of Chanukah the full Hallel is recited. In addition, the Al Hanissim is included as part of the Hoda'ah blessing (of the Amidah) and Birkat Hamazon. Al HaNissim praises God for delivering the Jewish people at the time of the Maccabees. A portion is reproduced here:
"...You gave the mighty into the hands of the weak, and the many into the hands of the few, and the defiled into the hands of the pure, and the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the malicious into the hands of those who engage in Your Torah. And You made a great and holy name for Yourself in Your universe; and to Your nation, Israel, did You grant a great salvation and liberation, as on this day. And subsequently Your children came to Your holy abode, and they cleared out Your Palace, and they purified Your Temple, and they kindled lights in the courtyards of Your holy place. And they established these eight days of Chanukah in order to give thanks and praise to Your great name."
Yeshua and Chanukah

It's somewhat ironic that the only reference to the festival of Chanukah occurs in the New Testament, not in the Tanakh. In the Gospel of John we read that the LORD Yeshua was at the Temple during the "Feast of Dedication," or Chanukah:
At that time the Feast of Dedication (Chanukah) took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly. (John 10:22-24, ESV)
During a season of remembering miracles (nissim), Yeshua pointed out that the works that He did attested to His claim to be the long-awaited Mashiach of the Jewish people (John 10:37-38). His works and character clearly displayed the true Light of who He was, and these works still shine to us today. Yeshua was and forever shall be the greatest Jew who ever lived upon the earth.

And of course, as Mashiach ben Yosef, our Suffering Servant, Yeshua is the Ultimate Shamash - He is our Light who enables us to shine a sacred fire of sacrificial love to the darkened outside world. Yeshua commanded "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt 5:16). He told us that He is the Light of the world, and that whoever follows Him will not have darkness, but the Light of Life:

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

Yeshua our Messiah gives us light, the very "light of life." What does this mean to you who claim to know Him and His message? How does this impact you as His follower in this darkened age?

We are called to be part of His Temple, His Body, and at this time we should reflect on rededicating ourselves to the eradication of all that compromises us and tempts us to assimilate with the hell bound world around us.

It is only by the Light of Yeshua that we gain victory over the powers of darkness, since the darkness cannot comprehend the light. When we walk in the Light, we have fellowship, unity, echdut, with one another, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against such divinely sanctioned communion.  May the LORD God of Israel, the Father of the Blessed One Yeshua, help us all to behold the glory of His Light by abiding in His love! And may we turn to Him now and rededicate our own lives as temples cleansed and readied by His Spirit to honor His abiding Presence. Amen.

Wishing you a joyful time of celebrating the overcoming victory of the Light of the World, chaverim (John 1:5).

[1 John 2:8]
Lighting The Chanukah Candles

On each night of Chanukah, after sundown, place a Shammus ("servant") candle in the center of the Chanukah Menorah. Then from right to left, add the number of candles according to which night of Chanukah it is.
Just as the Hebrew language is written right-to-left, candles are added to the Chanukah Menorah from right-to-left, but traditionally are lit from left-to-right (the newest to the oldest). The Shammus, or servant candle, is used to give light to the others.
Light the Shammus candle in the center of the Menorah, then pick up the Shammus and recite the following blessings...
Blessing #1:
Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai,  E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech  ha-o-lam
A-sher  ki-du-sha-nu  b’-mitz-vo-tav
vi-tzi-va-nu  l’-had-lik  ner  shel  Cha-nu-kah. Amen.
 Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the candles of Chanukah. Amen.

Blessing #2
Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai, E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech ha-o-lam
She-a-sah  ni-sim  la-a-vo-te-nu
Ba-ya-mim  ha-hem  baz-man  ha-zeh. Amen.
Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. Amen.

Blessing #3 (spoken only on the first night)
Ba-ruch  a-tah  A-do-nai,  E-lo-hei-nu  Me-lech  ha-o-lam
She-he-chi-ya-nu  ve-ki-y’-ma-nu
Ve-hi-gi-a-nu  laz-man  ha-zeh.  Amen.
Blessed are you, Oh Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season. Amen.

...then, using the Shammus candle, light the other candles(s) from right-to-left.

Happy Chanukah!

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on September 29th, 2015

Rosh Hashanah 5776: Prophetic Glimpses and Utterances" 
This is an exciting time for Kingdom building and reordering our steps for the glory of Yeshua Messiah. I pray that the Adonai our Lord will reveal to you how important it is for you to be living in this time, because of the significance of your assignment to proclaim the TRUTH of His Divine order through the Torah and His Hebrew Roots. We must understand that many things will be taking place at the same time. We will see various extremes in lifestyle, attitudes, overall fortitude, and moral convictions. Know that our personal relationship with Yeshua Messiah and for those of you who are called to R.E.C./Beit Tikkun congregation will be essential to our moving forward from faith to faith and glory to glory.
Kingdom Advancement and Strategies
There are rapid changes coming to systems that relied on structures of self-sufficiency void of God. Even in the structure we call the Church things have fallen into a similar pattern – using similar methods of self-efficiency that are positive in appearance, but absent of God. In 5775, the realization of problems that have not been remedied and the inability to save or protect came to the surface. Yet by the grace and mercy of Adonai our Lord He held us together and covered us in the midst of storms. New solutions must come forth to remedy the situations at hand, and we need to bond together now more than ever!
The Kingdom will advance and release strategies that will allow new answers to arise based on the sure foundation of God's Word and prayer. The old concepts of Church will be transformed and molded by Adonai until brought into total alignment with His plans, purposes, and principles. Yeshua Messiah and His Biblical Instructions in Torah, as always, will be the fulfillment of things that remain.
We must finally make up our mind in what Kingdom we belong, we are either in the Hebrew Mind of Yeshua/Yahweh our God or in a Greek mindset which is a religious mindset that that will eventually bring lack and decrease and finally destruction to our souls!  
The manifold wisdom of God will build and govern where the old left off and principles of righteousness in Torah will further unite those ready to walk out His reign and rule. We will see it take place in the legal system on financial, social, and moral levels. The kind of transformation we will also see is that which has exalted itself be humbled. Then that which has been removed will be replaced by the glory. This is not only a Kingdom strategy but it is also occurring in the hearts and minds of those who are yielded to Him. This will springboard into a glorious work with souls coming into the Kingdom and lives being transformed by the people who will accomplish much in a short span of time.
Seeing is Significant
We have come out of the Hebrew year 5775 and are now in the year 5776. Let us look into this 76 year with eyes to see the revelations hidden in plain sight.
Ayin – The Hebrew letter ayin (which is 70) means divine providence or in other words the eyes of God. Ayin literally means eye. In this time we will see more clearly as we go and as we grow. As we embrace truth, more and more will be revealed. We will receive levels of understanding as we continue to hear the echo of Luke 8:17. Truly there will be nothing hidden that will not be unveiled. But also know, we become more responsible for what we see and know. Integrity will be a big issue in this hour. We must pray to see through the Lord's eyes but it must be accessed by walking in Humility. So we can know and understand His ways. Our sense of vision and perception is being perfected in our walk with Christ as we mature in seeing and submit to making proper adjustments.
Vav – The Hebrew letter vav (which is 6) means several things, and it will not be understood by just rendering 6 as the number of man. Vav means nail (to secure or hold in place), hook (the fastening of things hanging on), peg (to fit a piece into place), and spear (a weapon or a tool to catch).
God is looking to those who are secure and calling for them to hold their position in this season. He is taking those who were barely holding on and reconnecting them to that which is stable and in place. Those who do not have the strength or faith to hold on by themselves are being sovereignly fastened by the Lord.
Then there are those who need to be repositioned in a place or way where they fit. Yet still God is not done. For we will see Him go out like a shepherd for a lost sheep and catch those that went astray. Who can pluck away what God has caught when He is the greatest catcher of men?
The Name Yehovah which is YHVH has "vav" in the center. There is something to be said in the fact that when we are secure in Yeshua we are also surrounded by Him. Without Yeshua Messiah surrounding our lives with us, behind us, and ahead of us where would we be, but out of alignment.
Season of Enlargement
People will be changing locations for example we have 4 families right who will be relocating to our congregation, and even some changing occupations to better fine-tune their assignments in the fulfillment of their destinies in our ministry !  Alignment will be key now. First aligning themselves with God and then their purposes, along with others within their sphere of influence. It is important that in this hour those who are connected to purpose have a synergy with those they work with because people also represent principles and those principles represented must be free to work together and unify. This does mean that they will be mirrors of those they connect with but Christ's love must be the unifying force that brings them together.
Just as 2015 aligns with 5775 and 15 symbolizes rest, 2016 aligns with 5776 and 16 symbolizes love. The only thing that can balance man out is God's love. It removes religion and condemnation out of the way. Religious systems will be broken down to bring and promote healing in the Body of Messiah Yeshua. Who and what we connect with is paramount; it will reflect who we are and influence how we will connect to the lost. With lovingkindness we were brought into the Kingdom and it must be the major factor in the Kingdom building we do now.
Expansion has everything to do with our capacity to be yielded to the Spirit of God. Little spiritual growth leads to little enlargement. Things we refuse to deal with can hinder our ability to enlarge. we must die to our intellect so that our mind can hold knowledge and impartation we could not previously comprehend. There is an enlargement of sounds and melodies coming out of Heaven into the earth. New sensitivities in worship will bring forth sounds never heard before. Angelic intervention and visitations will increase.
With every great movement there is always some negative issue to watch from a prophetic standpoint. What the Lord revealed to me was the spirit of rebellion: the struggle that man wrestles with which involves him going his own way. That which wants to exist without God's covering can fall into deception. We will have to closely look at Isaac and Ishmael situations. A by-product of a rebellious spirit is also a mocking spirit. (Those who despised authority, along with scoffers and mockers were cited in the last days in Jude.)
Intercession and sound doctrine will be the two most essential things in overcoming the enemy in this season. The marriage of prayer and strong Word study will carry the key to walking in truth and victory. Personal relationship with the Lord and fellowship (such as soaking in the presence and worship) will strengthen Believers. Women will carry a powerful strength in intercession and prayer at this time. Call forth the mourning women. Hannah's prayer and Rachel crying for their children carries within it keys. Ruth and Boaz unions will be solidified. Marriages will come forth in a strategic way during this time.
Significant Scriptures:
Psalm 145:11-13 They shall speak of the glory of Your Kingdom and talk of Your power; To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your Kingdom. Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Hebrews 12:26-27 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Hebrews 12:26-27Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
26 Even then, his voice shook the earth; but now, he has made this promise: “One more time I will shake not only the earth, but heaven too!”
27 And this phrase, “one more time,” makes clear that the things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken may remain.
" The phrase "one last shaking" means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. Amen & Amen!
WE pray blessings and Chag Sukkot Sameach/Happy Sukkot Holiday for Everyone, and that you will continue to bless the Adonai with your Special Offerings during this season of rejoicing !Leviticus 23:33-44Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

(vi) 33 Adonai said to Moshe, 34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast ofSukkot for seven days to Adonai. 35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. 36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to Adonai ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
37 “‘These are the designated times of Adonai that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to Adonai — a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day —38 besides the Shabbats of Adonai, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to Adonai.
39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of Adonai seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest. 40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence ofAdonai your God for seven days. 41 You are to observe it as a feast to Adonai seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month. 42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah, 43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am Adonai your God.’”
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of Adonai.
Blessings and Shalom To All,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on August 24th, 2015

Greetings to R.E.C./Beit Tikkun and our Hebrew Community !
A Call To Prayer!!!!!
This week we see the border on the north of Israel heating up.  Just as Netanyahu has warned, the money that has been unfrozen from the Iran nuke deal is now reaching terror groups on Israel's northern border. Truly, Iran is a terrorist sponsoring state, which funnels money, arms and men to Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups, who fight a war against Israel. 

Truly this nation has "sold out" Israel, and Israel now must lean hard and strong on the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for their deliverance, protection, and freedom.  Please keep both the nation of Israel, AND the people of Israel, those who live in the land, and those who are scattered throughout all the nations, keep them in your prayers!

We have many events converging in September:
*End of the Shemitah year, Elul 29, Sept 14
*Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah, Sept 14
*Pope visiting White House on Sept 23
*Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur, Sept 23
*Jubilee year begins, Sept 23
*Pope speaking to UN General Assembly, Sept 25
*Final blood moon on First day of Sukkot, Sept 28
*CERN (CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research.) Is doing high energy particle collision experiment in the window of Sept 15 to Sept 28 with unknown but possible very large consequences!

There are many things to be in prayer for!  Truly many things will be converging next month!

10 days of Israel prayer during the 10 days of Awe, Sept 13 through Sept 23rd. Please join us every Tuesday at 7PM,as we join together to pray over our community and for Israel.

Calling all prayer warriors to wall to watch and pray during this critical season!

And now I close with a word from the scripture:
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of Yahweh,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of Yahweh
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of Yahweh,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:1-5

Blessings n shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on August 24th, 2015

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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

The Feast of First Fruits
The feast of First Fruits takes place on the 16th of Nisan, 2 days after Passover begins on the twilight of the 14th. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th of Nisan and ends on the 21st, seven days later. Therefore on the 16th of Nisan, both First Fruits and Unleavened Bread are celebrated. 
The Feasts of the Lord reveal pictures of God’s redemptive plan. The first four feast deal with the First Coming of God’s Lamb the Messiah and the last three feast deal with the Second Coming, when the Lamb returns in Glory and Power as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5). 
The Feast of First Fruits reveals aspects of the First Coming of God’s Lamb, the Messiah, who would be the First Fruit of God’s redemption. On this feast Israel was to bring before the Lord the “First” of the harvest, by doing this Israel was acknowledging the source of their blessing. 
As a congregation at R.E.C./ Beit Tikkun we will be receiving your FIRST FRUITS OFFERING starting this week through April 4th through April 11thth 2014/5774! Pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your First Fruits Offering to maximize your Harvest for this year!
Remember the Biblical Law: Whatever you plant as your Passover First Fruit Offering will the determine your harvest for the next 12 months!!!    

Leviticus 23:9-14
9 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13 Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 

This feast corresponds with the harvest of Barley in the land of Israel. Barley was the first crop reaped from the winter sowing. The priests of the Temple would harvest the first sheaf and bring it into the Temple as an offering before the Lord; the nation was thanking the Lord for the coming harvest. 
The first time we see a “First Fruit” offering goes to the time of Cain and Abel when both sons of Adam appeared before the Lord. The difference between their offerings is that Abel’s offering was accepted and Cain’s rejected. Abel gives the “First” and the “Fat”, while Cain gave “an offering”, not the first nor the best. 
Genesis 4:2-72 Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. 

Leviticus does not exactly tell us when “First Fruits” was to be celebrated. Leviticus 23:11 states on the “day after the Sabbath” he shall wave it. The Sabbath did not only occur on Saturday the seventh day, Sabbath also occurred on the Nisan 15, the Feast of Unleavened, when Israel was to do no work. (Leviticus 23:7) The day Nisan 15 would have been a “Sabbath” since Israel was to do no work, this day Israel was to hold a “Holy Convocation” (Sacred Assembly) to the Lord. 
The Jewish historian, Josephus, who lived in the first century wrote; 
“But on the second day of unleavened bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them” (Antiquities of the Jews 3.10.15) 
Deuteronomy 26:1-10
1 And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, 2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. 3 And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us. 4 Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God. 5 And you shall answer and say before the LORD your God: My father was a Syrian, about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me. Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. 
The people were to take a sheaf of their crops and bring it to the priest at the Temple who would then wave it before the Lord for acceptance. The people were acknowledging the Lord’s blessing with this action. They were also to bring a lamb of the first year, without blemish, a grain offering with oil and a drink offering of wine. The people were forbidden to eat of the crops until the “First Fruits” were celebrated. They were to eat of their stores from the previous years. 
First Fruits marked the start of Israel’s grain harvest and the beginning of the count for the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), Israel’s forth feast. The Feast of Weeks took place forty nine days after First Fruits on the Fiftieth Day. 
Leviticus 23:15-16
15 And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.

Since this marked the beginning of the counting of Weeks, is known as the Sefirat Ha-Omer (Counting  of the Measure). 
Firstfruits requires the Temple, and since the Temple is no longer required by sacrificing an animal, Firstfruits is not celebrated in the same sense as it was in the past. In the Temple days both the people and the priest would celebrate First Fruits. The priests would set aside a portion of their barley field to be the sheaves used for the harvest on Nisan 16. This barley field was cultivated solely to be used for the first fruits harvest. The Sanhedrin, the ruling council of seventy who headed the nation, would have been responsible for the field. 
In the evening of Nisan 15, at the start of Nisan 16, three Sanhedrin came from the Temple to cut the First Fruit Barley harvest ( today is our income) . With three sickles and three baskets the men would prepare to cut down the harvest to be presented in the Temple. The bundles of barley had already been prepared for the Sanhedrin members chosen to harvest the crop. As the Sun was setting, and the new day began, (Nisan 16) the men ask questions to those present.

Has the sun set?
With this sickle?
Into this basket?
On this Sabbath?
Shall I reap (now)? 
On the positive response from the crowd the men would repeat the harvesting two more times as a safeguard. The reaping would continue until 2/3 of a bushel was reaped. 
The three baskets of Barley (Today this marks our income) were then taken to the Temple to be threshed with rods, as opposed to ox powered sledges, to preserve the barley heads. The barley was then parched in a flame and winnowed in the wind to remove the chaff. The barley was then milled and sifted until it was very fine. According to the Talmud the inspectors should be able to stick their hands into the barley flour without any flour sticking to the hands when they were removed. (Menahot 8:2) 
On the morning of Nisan 16 the work of the barley harvest firstfruits were presented to the Lord in the Temple. One “Omer” (5 pints) or barley was mixed with ¾ pint of olive oil, along with some frankincense. This was the firstfruits offering. The priest would wave this before the Lord, burning some and giving the rest to the Levites. 
The priest would celebrate the feast of first fruits for the whole nation; and each individual family would also celebrate since Israel was a farming community dependent on the land to produce its wealth. Israel’s farming families would prepare for the yearly Firstfruits celebration at the same time they were preparing for Passover. When families came to Jerusalem they were prepared to celebrate three festival days, Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits; since they were celebrated in the one week period, 14th through 21st of Nisan. First the family would set aside a portion of the crop to be marked for firstfruits by tying a cord around the area to be harvested for the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When the crop was harvested the family would take it along, with their lambs, to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts. 
On the 16th of Nisan people in Jerusalem would have just finished celebrating Passover and would now begin to celebrate Firstfruits. The Israelite male was called to Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. He would have come to the Temple with his lamb, a second lamb after the Passover lamb, and the “first fruits” of his field. As he approached the Temple he would have heard the Levitical choirs lead worship with Psalm 30: “I will extol You, O’ Lord, for you have lifted me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me…” As the masses poured into Jerusalem the Temple the scene would have continued throughout the day. 
The lamb would have been brought into the Temple by the Israelite and the priest would slay the lamb as the Israelite watched the preparation of his sacrifice. If he was poor he could offer two turtledoves. (Lev. 5:7; 12:8, 14:22) 
Leviticus 1:10-17
10 If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, he is to offer a male without defect. 11 He is to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood against the altar on all sides. 12 He is to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat, on the burning wood that is on the altar. 13 He is to wash the inner parts and the legs with water, and the priest is to bring all of it and burn it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14 If the offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, he is to offer a dove or a young pigeon. 15 The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16 He is to remove the crop with its contents and throw it to the east side of the altar, where the ashes are. 17 He shall tear it open by the wings, not severing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 
After the priest returned from the sacrifice of the man’s lamb the man would have presented to the priest his offering of barley, the measure of an omer (5 pints). He would then say, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the country which the LORD swore to our fathers to give us. 
As the priest received the basket of grain he would then begin to wave it before the Lord, and the Israelite would now say ‘My father was a Syrian about to perish, and he went down to Egypt and dwelt there, few in number; and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us, afflicted us, and laid hard bondage on us. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and looked on our affliction and our labor and our oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; 10 and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.

The priest would then set the basket down in front of the altar and cast a handful of grain into the fire. The Israelite would then worship the Lord as prescribed in Deuteronomy 26. The Israelite would then have left courts and returned to his waiting family.
Today, since there is no Temple, the feast of Firstfruits is by bringing your First Fruits which is separate from your Tithe is to be presented to the Lord  and celebrated at your congregation. We also celebrate the counting of the omer. From the Firstfruits Israel was commanded to count off seven weeks until the feast of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). 
What has survived is the non-biblical holiday known in Israel as Lag B’Omer meaning 33 based on the letters of Lamed and Gimmel since the holiday occurs on the 33rd day between Firstfruits and Weeks. 
According to Jewish tradition it was during this time a plague was stopped in the days of Rabbi Akiba; a plague was averted on his students. 
Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count – this year, May 22, 2011 – is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bow and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron in Northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) the day marks.
The Rabbi masters explain that the final day of a righteous person's earthly life marks the point at which "all his deeds, teachings and work" achieve their culminating perfection and the zenith of their impact upon our lives. So each Lag BaOmer we celebrate Rabbi Shimon's life and the revelation of the esoteric soul of Torah.
Lag BaOmer also commemorates another joyous event. The Talmud relates that in the weeks between Passover and Shavuot a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva "because they did not act respectfully towards each other"; these weeks are therefore observed as a period of mourning, with various joyous activities proscribed by law and custom. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased. Thus Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of Ahavat Yisrael, the imperative to love and respect one's fellow.[1] 
The purpose of Firstfruits is to demonstrate to man that God is owner of all our wealth. He gives us the ability to attain success by returning to the Lord the “first” of our produce. We are acknowledging the source. God declared that the firstfruits on the land was His, including the firstborn of livestock. Even the Donkey was required to be redeemed. (Ex. 22:29, 23:19, 34:26, Dt. 18:4, 26:2) 
The firstborn son was also to be redeemed according to the law (Torah). 
Numbers 18:14-19
14 Everything in Israel that is devoted to the LORD is yours. 15 The first offspring of every womb, both man and animal that is offered to the LORD is yours. But you must redeem every firstborn son and every firstborn male of unclean animals. 16 When they are a month old, you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. 17 But you must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, a sheep or a goat; they are holy. Sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat as an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 18 Their meat is to be yours, just as the breast of the wave offering and the right thigh are yours. 19 Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the LORD I give to you and your sons and daughters as your regular share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD for both you and your offspring. 
Yeshua/Jesus was also presented in the Temple to fulfill this verse. 
Luke 2:21-23
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. 22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: a pair of doves or two young pigeons.
Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Galatians 5:22-23: The fruits of the Spirit are defined by Paul:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 
Romans 11:16
If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
1 Corinthians 15:20
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:19-21 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 15 (Whole Chapter) 
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 
James 1:18
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Revelation 14:4
These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Prayers For Our Children
Prayers For Our Children
A good Jewish tradition is when, on the Sabbath, the father blesses his children. The father is like the priest of his home, and it is a good thing for him to bless (pray that good things would come to) his children. Children may hear many demands and criticisms during the week. On the Sabbath, it is a pleasant change for them to hear words of blessing and encouragement from their parents.
Every Sabbath service we call the parents and their children forward. The parents lay their hands on their children, praying for them and blessing them. Four or five people will pray spontaneously out loud for all of the children. Here are some of the prayers that the Rabbi will also pray for the children during that time:
A Sabbath Prayer For Our Children
(This may be prayed whole or in parts)
God of the spirits of all flesh, we pray for our sons and daughters, that they may experience redemption from all their offenses, as did Adam and Eve. May they offer a better sacrifice, as did righteous Abel. Make them like Enoch, who walked with God. May they be blameless in their time, as Noah was in his. May they faithfully endure all their trials as Job did his. May they have faith like Abraham, patience like Isaac, and zeal for You like Jacob.
Sons, y’seem-cha Eloheem k’Efraim v’chee-M’nah-sheh! May God make our sons like Ephraim and Manessah, the blessed and numerous and fruitful tribes of Israel!
Daughters, y’see-mech Eloheem k’Sarah Rivka, Rachel v’Leah! May God make our daughters like Sarah and Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, the blessed mothers of the Jewish people.
May they learn to be righteous and forgiving, as was Joseph. May they experience Your great salvation and deliverance, and become humble leaders like Moses, who led Israel out of Egypt. May all their Red Seas part before them, and their Jordans retreat before them!
May they be zealous for holiness like Pinchas the priest, and bold and courageous like Joshua. May they be willing to take on a multitude, and be victorious, like Jonathan, David’s friend. Like King David, may they become true worshipers, and women and men after Your own heart. Fill them with joy like David who danced before You. May they be skilled in worship like the Levites at the Temple. May they be like those who sang praises to You, walking before Israel’s army, so that our enemies were utterly defeated.
Give them wisdom and understanding like Solomon. May they learn how to hear Your voice as did Samuel and the prophets of old. Make them people of holy courage and mighty acts like Elijah and Elisha. May they have insight like Daniel. Make them wise builders, like Nehemiah, and grant them love for Your Teaching, like Ezra the Scribe. Grant them miraculous victories like the Maccabees, and make them preparers of Your way like John the Baptist. May they be close to you and loved by You like John whom You loved. May they overcome their circumstances as when Simon Peter walked on water. Enable them to be bold proclaimers of Your Message of Salvation like Rabbi Paul. Cause them to be people of prayer and holiness like James the Just. Help them to continually sanctify Your name, and even be willing to die for it, like Stephen, the holy martyr.
And above all, may they grow in their knowledge of the Son of God, until they become mature men and women. May they attain to the fullness of Messiah. May they walk as He walked, and live as He lived, doing good, serving God, always obeying You, making Your will their will. May they be filled up to all the fullness of God!
Other Prayers For Our Children
Merciful Father, who does not want Your children to wander in darkness, pour the light of Your Spirit into the minds and hearts of our sons and daughters, that they may discover what Your holy will is, and discern the true from the false, the evil from the good, and that they may walk in the paths of wisdom (Book of Common Worship).
Bless them with your grace, O Lord, to work while it is day, fulfilling diligently and patiently whatever duty You appoint for them; doing small things in the day of small things and great labors if You summon them to any.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, give our children a grateful heart for all Your mercies, that they may be genuinely thankful; may they show forth Your praise, not only with their lips, but with their lives, by giving their selves to Your service, and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all of their days (Book of Common Prayer).
O Lord our God, thank You for sending Yeshua the Messiah, who is the Good Shepherd of the sheep, who came to seek the lost, and to gather them into Your fold. Keep our children among Your flock! Have compassion on those who have wandered from You and bring them back! Feed those who hunger, cause the weary to lie down in Your pastures, bind up those who are broken in heart, and strengthen those who are weak .
O Lord our God, and our Good Shepherd, guide our children throughout their lives. Give them the strength to follow You wherever You go. In those little daily duties to which You call them, bow their wills to obedience; grant them to have patience under pain or provocation, truthfulness in word and manner, humility and kindness: in great acts of duty, if You should call them to them, uplift them to self-sacrifice, heroic courage, laying down their lives for You, or for Your Truth, or for a brother .
O Lord our God, our Rock and our Strength, our High Tower and Strong Fortress, the Might of all those who put their confidence in You, grant that our sons and daughters maybe more than conquerors over everything that makes war on their souls, and, in the end, they enter into perfect peace in Your presence .
O You who have taught us that we are most truly free when we lose our wills in Yours, help our children to attain to this liberty by continual surrender to You, and Your will and Your service and Your ways.
Adon Olam, Lord of the Universe, help our children to fervently desire, wisely search out, and perfectly fulfill all that is well pleasing to You. Of all that You require them do, grant them the knowledge, the desire, and the ability to fulfill it as they should; may their path to You be safe, straightforward, and perfect to the end.
Give them, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy emotion may drag down; give them an unconquered heart, which no difficult situation can wear out; give them an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Give them also, O Lord my God, understanding to know You, diligence to seek You, wisdom to find You, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace You.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Father of our Lord Yeshua, and our Father too, transform our children into the kind of human beings that Your heart longs to see us, men and women after Your own heart. Renew them into the image of Messiah and bring them from glory to glory.
O Lord our God, we acknowledge that You are the great and holy King; we acknowledge Your right to have dominion over us. Our children, and their lives, deaths, souls and bodies all belong to You. May they willingly give all to You, and use everything of who they are and what they have in Your service. Enable them to live before You in childlike simplicity, steadfast in prayer; looking always to You, that whatsoever they do, or abstain from doing, they may in all things follow the least indications of Your will. Become Lord of their hearts and spirits; that their the whole inner being may be brought under Your rule, and that Your life of love and righteousness may pervade all their thoughts and energies. O Lord and King, enter into their hearts, and live and reign there for ever and ever.
God of Israel, You called us to delight in You and in Your praise, because You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts find no rest until we rest in You. So, may the hearts of our sons and daughters learn how to rest in You, and delight in You.
O Lord, You know what is best for our children, so let whatever be done to them as You please. Give what You will, and how much You will, and when You will. Deal with them as You think good, and as best pleases You. Put them where You will, and deal with them in all things just as You will. Enable our children to be Your servants, prepared for all things You command; help them to not desire to live to themselves, but to You!
Use our children, for whatever purpose, and in whatever way, You may require. May their hearts be Your dwelling place; their mouths spread the glory of Your name; all their love and powers advance the cause of Your people.
O God our Father, thank You for sending Yeshua the Messiah, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We pray that You will not allow our children to stray from Him who is the Way, nor distrust the One who is the Truth, nor rest in any other thing than He who is the Life.
O Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance on our children; let Your peace rule in their hearts; and may it be their strength and song, while they are here on their pilgrimage on Earth. We commit them to Your care and keeping this day; let Your grace be mighty in them, and sufficient for them, and let it work in them both to will and do of Your own good pleasure; and grant them strength for all the duties of the day. Keep them from sin; give them the rule over their own spirits; and keep them from speaking unadvisedly with their lips. May they live together in peace and holy love, and command Your blessing upon them, even life forevermore. Prepare them for all the events of the day; for they know not what a day may bring forth. Give them grace to deny themselves; to take up their cross daily, and to follow in the steps of Lord and Master.
O Lord our God, grant our children the grace to desire You with their whole heart; that when they desire You they may seek and find You; and when they seek and find You they may love You; and when they love You, they may hate those sins from which You have redeemed them.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Pesach "Passover"
Exodus 12:21-15:26
Numbers 28:19-25
Now What?

The night had been filled with emotion as the Hebrews ate of their Passover meal in haste.  On the one hand was a sense of excitement about what the coming days would bring as they prepared to make their journey out of Egypt.  On the other hand was a sense of despair as the sun rose the next day and they looked at a country they had once called home, a prosperous land that was now in ruins.  The wails of mothers who had lost their firstborn during the night could still be heard as far away as Goshen.  The panic of the people of Egypt could be felt in the air.  This morning they were being told to turn their backs on the land they had once called home and to pack their new possessions, and do it quickly.  The prophesied time of return to their true home was at hand.  They were the generation chosen to see the events unfold.

It was all happening too fast though.  Many of the people felt that life was out of their control.  They wondered if the timing was truly real or if this man Moses was really sent by Elohim.  Who did he really think he was anyway?  Why him?  This is not the way they had all imagined the end of their life in Egypt would be.  What about my job?  Don't I need to give a two-week notice or something?  How about a forwarding address?  These were all questions that went through the minds of the Hebrews as they prepared in haste to leave the place they had once called home.  Yes, the sun was rising from a quite sleepless night.  But although the sun was especially bright that day, there was a darkness of confusion that filled the hearts of many Hebrews.  What would this day bring?  They were afraid to ask!

Centuries later.  Many years had passed since that celebrated day in Egypt.  History recorded the events with great detail.  The promised redemption had come just like He had said it would.  But this morning was different.  The confusion of three million Hebrews so long ago could not compare to the confusion of this day.  The lives of a handful of men and women He had referred to as His family had taken a turn they had not seen coming.  Life seemed to be not only on hold, but had stopped altogether.  Confusion, anger, despair and fear were only a few of the emotions that gripped them.  Night had come hours early the day before.  The sun was now rising over the Mount of Olives, but no outward light could help the darkness they felt on this morning.

The events of Egypt had brought the faithful together so many years earlier.  They had provision and they had a leader.  But for the disciples, the One whom they had looked to for everything was now gone.  He was dead, and from their distance and vantage point they stared at a stone, rolled in front of the entrance to a tomb.  They stared in wonder.  How could they have been so wrong?  Why had they not listened to their family members who had told them this new life would never work out?  Why had they strayed from the ways of the religious leaders of the day?  Why had they not just followed the traditions they had been taught as children?  Confusion and despair gripped them all and would only grow worse in the coming days.  

But there were words He had spoken to them in the final days rolling around in the back of their minds, just barely out of their grasp.  What good would those words do them now though?  He is dead.  The life, the redemption from the Romans, that seemed so sure just hours before, was now impossible.  He is dead!  But what are those words they kept trying to bring to the front of their minds?

We usually read the Scripture far too fast, do we not?  We forget that verses that are read in moments may have taken days, weeks or even years to live out in reality.  The tragedy of missing this concept is that we miss one of the great points of scripture, which is to learn from the example of those who walked before us.  With that said, what are we to learn here?  Many things of course, but very high on the list is to remember that His plans normally do not come to pass the way that we think they will.  Another one would be that in the end His plan is always better and will accomplish a far greater work for our lives than any plan we could dream up.

Let us all take some time between Passover and First Fruits to consider the lives of the people who were leaving Egypt as well as those who lived the long days just after the death of Yeshua. The days prior to His resurrection. Maybe as we consider their uncertainty of the future and the emotions they must have dealt with, it will help us to prepare our own lives for another fulfillment of prophecy, the one that is happening right before our eyes.

Have a blessed Passover season.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Should Christians Celebrate Passover Or Easter?

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Should Christians celebrate Passover or should they celebrate Easter?  The answer may seem quite obvious to some of you, but in reality this question has become quite a controversy in the Christian community over the past several years.  As Christians have learned more about the history of each holiday, an increasing number of Christians have been choosing to celebrate Passover rather than Easter.
But why would that be?
After all, isn’t Passover a “Jewish” holiday and Easter a “Christian” holiday?
Well, that is not really the case.
In fact, the earliest Christians did not celebrate a holiday called “Easter” at all.
Rather, they all celebrated Passover.
Even after the original generation of apostles died off, many of the early church leaders still continued to observe Passover as described in the Torah, but other early church leaders of that next generation slowly started to move the celebration of Passover to Sunday.
In a letter to the head of the church of Rome, Irenaeus mentioned the controversy that took place when Polycarp tried to persuade Anicetus (a previous bishop of Rome) that the celebration of Passover should not be moved to Sunday…..
And when the blessed Polycarp was sojourning in Rome in the time of Anicetus, although a slight controversy had arisen among them as to certain other points, they were at once well inclined towards each other [with regard to the matter in hand], not willing that any quarrel should arise between them upon this head. For neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp to forego the observance [in his own way], inasmuch as these things had been always [so] observed by John the disciple of our Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant; nor, on the other hand, could Polycarp succeed in persuading Anicetusto keep [the observance in his way], for he maintained that he was bound to adhere to the usage of the presbyters who preceded him. And in this state of affairs they held fellowship with each other; and Anicetus conceded to Polycarp in the Church the celebration of the Eucharist, by way of showing him respect; so that they parted in peace one from the other, maintaining peace withthe whole Church, both those who did observe [this custom] and those who did not.
You see, Polycarp was one of the greatest leaders of the “2nd generation” of the early church. He had been a disciple of the apostle John himself, and Polycarp insisted that the church should continue to celebrate Passover on the 14th day of the Jewish calendar as the apostles had always done.
In fact, the church historian Eusebius wrote that Polycarp observed Passover this way because “he had always observed it with John the disciple of our Lord, and the rest of the apostles, with whom he associated” (Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, 1995, pp. 210-211).
After Polycarp, another early church leader named Polycrates argued with Victor, the bishop of Rome, over this same issue.
The following are some excerpts from what Eusebius recorded regarding what Polycrates had to say to Victor:
“There was a considerable discussion raised about this time, in consequence of a difference of opinion respecting the observance of the paschal season. The churches of all Asia, guided by a remoter tradition, supposed that they ought to keep the fourteenth day of the moon for the festival of the Saviour’s passover, in which day the Jews were commanded to kill the paschal lamb”
“The bishops … of Asia, persevering in observing the custom handed down to them from their fathers, were headed by Polycrates. He, indeed, had also set forth the tradition handed down to them, in a letter which he addressed to Victor and the church of Rome. ‘We,’ said he, ‘therefore, observe the genuine day; neither adding thereto nor taking therefrom. For in Asia great lights have fallen asleep, which shall rise again the day of the Lord’s appearing, in which he will come with glory from heaven, and will raise up all the saints”
“Moreover, John, who rested upon the bosom of our Lord; … also Polycarpof Smyrna, both bishop and martyr. Thraseas, … Sagaris, … Papirius; and Melito … All these observed the fourteenthday of the passover according to the gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith. Moreover, I, Polycrates, who am the least of all of you, according to the tradition of my relatives, some of whom I have followed. For there were seven, my relatives [who were] bishops, andI am the eighth; and my relatives always observed the day when the people (i.e., the Jews) threw away the leaven.
“I, therefore, brethren, am now sixty-five years in the Lord, who having conferred with the brethren throughout the world, and having studied the whole of the sacred Scriptures, am not at all alarmed at those things with which I am threatened, to intimidate me. For they who are greater than I, have said, ‘we ought to obey God rather than men’”
So although there was an effort by the church of Rome to move the celebration of Passover to Sundays, those who were determined on practicing it as the first apostles had could not be moved off of the original observance.
But eventually, during the time of Constantine, the leaders of the institutional church were strong-armed into observing Passover on a Sunday.
Later this celebration came to be known as “Easter”.
But why should Christians celebrate Easter?
After all, when did Yeshua die on the cross? (On the eve of Passover)
When did Yeshua rise from the dead? (On First Fruits During the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
What holiday foreshadowed the sacrifice of the lamb of God for hundreds of years before it happened? (Passover)
So why do Christians celebrate a holiday known as Easter?
In fact, do you even know what the word “Easter” means?
Have you ever wondered where the word Easter originated?
The truth might just shock you.
Many of the old reference books actually contained the truth.
The Britannica Encyclopedia (1934) defined Easter this way:
“EASTER (es’ter). Ostara, or Eastre, was the goddess of Spring in the religion of the ancient Angles and Saxons. Every April a festival was celebrated in her honor. With the beginnings of Christianity, the old gods were put aside. From then on the festival was celebrated in honor of the resurrection of Christ, but was still known as Easter after the old goddess.”
So if this is the case, then why do Christians celebrate “Easter”?
Well, the truth is that the story goes back a long way – all the way back to the ancient Middle East.
Perhaps you have heard of “Isis” or “Ishtar” or “Ashtoreth” or “Asherah”.  They are ancient names for the same pagan fertility goddess. In fact, if you trace the various pagan fertility goddesses back far enough, they all trace back to Semiramis of ancient Babylon.
Over time, “Ashtoreth” and “Asherah” became “Ishtar” which eventually became “Eastre” and then finally “Easter”.
Some other names of “Easter” over the centuries included Aphrodite from ancient Cyprus, Astarte from ancient Greece, Demeter from Mycenae, Kali from India and Ostara, a Norse goddess of fertility.
In fact, pagans and Wiccans celebrate a holiday called “Ostara”to this very day.  In fact, “Ostara” was celebrated on March 20th in 2009.
Well what about Easter eggs and Easter bunnies?
Easter “eggs” and Easter bunnies are pagan fertility symbols that celebrate this pagan fertility goddess, and they have been used as symbols for her for thousands of years.
The truth is stunning, eh?
You see, “Easter” has nothing to do with Yeshua (Jesus).
Yeshua (Jesus) died on the eve of Passover.
In fact, the festival of Passover was a stunning prophetic picture of what would happen to the Messiah.
In the “Old Testament”, God had His people go up to Jerusalem three times per year. One of those times was for Passover.
During the very first Passover, God had the Jews take the blood of a lamb and put it on their doorposts so that the death angel would pass over their houses.
But why the doorposts?
What are doorposts most commonly made of?
Where does wood come from?
From a tree.
So the message of that very first Passover was that the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God.
Does that sound familiar?
It should.
It is the message of the cross – the blood of the lamb on the tree covers us from the wrath of God!
So for centuries upon centuries, God had His people gather in the exact city where Christ would die, at the exact time of the year when He would die, and He had them celebrate a holiday that perfectly foreshadowed the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
So why have Christians rejected the festival of Passover?
After all, it is a fact that Jesus celebrated Passover.  The Last Supper was actually a Passover meal (just look it up in the Scriptures).
During the Last Supper Yeshua/Jesus said that from now on we were to celebrate that meal in memory of Him.
And all of humanity will celebrate the Passover during the 1000 year reign of Yeshua. If you don’t believe this, just read Ezekiel chapters 45 and 46 which describe what life will be like during the 1000 year reign of the Messiah.
But instead of celebrating Passover, most Christians today celebrate “Easter” just as ancient civilizations such as the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines did.  In fact, ritual pagan sex acts were often involved with the celebration of “Easter” in ancient times.  That doesn’t sound like much of a Christian holiday.
So why have Christians forsaken a holiday which predicted the sacrifice of Jesus, which is full of symbolism about Jesus, which is during the precise time when Jesus died and rose again and which God tells us in the Scriptures to remember?
Why have Christians instead been celebrating a pagan fertility festival that is named after a pagan fertility goddess and is filled with pagan symbols and traditions?
For more information on the pagan origins of Easter, we would encourage you to check out this YouTube video that we produced…..

We hope that this article has been very eye opening for you.  The reality is that there is a lot more to the holidays that we have been celebrating than we have ever been taught.
Don’t just take “holidays” for granted.  Learn where they came from and why you celebrate them.  Learn what the first Christians did and why they did it.
Perhaps there are reasons why we don’t see the same type of power and miracles that the early Christians did.
Perhaps it is time to try to recapture the faith and practices of those early Christians. Amen!

It’s Your choice Pagan Easter or Yeshua The Passover Lamb?

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on April 4th, 2015

Did Yeshua Eat the Passover Seder?

Pesach same'ach" (פסח שמח) Happy Passover!  This month we will celebrate Passover (Pesach), the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMazot) and the Feast of Firstfruits (Chag ha-Bikkurim).  What an incredible time of year to honor these 3 memorable, multi-layered Feasts!  The best part is to be participating in the Biblical Feasts and not the man-made traditions.  It feels so right.

But, I must admit there seems to be some confusion in the camp surrounding the night beginning of Pesach.  Did Yeshua eat the Passover Seder or was it a wonderful last meal together with His disciples in which they were getting ready for Preparation Day?  Many teach and believe it was the Passover Seder...because of some verses in Matthew, Mark and Luke about it being Passover....(the season?).  However, if one clears one's would it make sense that Yeshua was eating the Passover Seder, when He is the PASSOVER LAMB and had not yet been killed!  Yeshua was killed at twilight on the 14th of Nisan, at the same time they were slaughtering the lambs in the Temple Courts!  And according to Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23 (look it up my friends) the Passover is not eaten until the evening (or beginning of the 15th of Nisan BIBLICAL CALENDAR).  So, how could Yeshua be celebrating a Feast that had not yet happened? He is the WORD!  He knows the WORD. He would not attempt to disobey, change or disregard His Laws!  His Torah!

I believe He was NOT eating the Passover Meal, He was eating a wonderful farewell meal with His disciples, explaining about what was to happen next. He was helping His dear disciples to PREPARE for what was coming, both the Passover, and this particular Passover that would change the face of mankind eternally! If we look at calendars in that year, it would most likely He ate His last meal on Tuesday evening (the beginning of Nisan 14 - Preparation of the Passover Lamb day).  Went to the garden on Mt. Olives to pray, got arrested, and presented to the High Priests and Pilate during the early morning hours.  He was beaten, spit upon and scourged for our healing.  He went to the cross, was crucified all during Wednesday.... by nightfall he had died (for our sins!) "twilight" when they were sacrificing the Passover lambs (this was the end of the 14th of Nisan).  They laid Him in a tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathea.  This was now Wednesday evening the start of Nisan 15, which is called Passover/1st Day of Unleavened Bread.  It is a "Sabbath" day, meaning there could be no customary work. 

Look at Lev. 23:4-7 "‘These are the feasts of the L-rd, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.  On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the L-rd’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the L-rd; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the L-rd for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”

So, on our calendar Yeshua was put in the tomb, Wednesday night.  Right when all the Jews and believers in Messiah were eating the required and traditional Seder Meal. They ate the roasted lamb, bitter herbs and UNLEAVENED BREAD. 

How could Yeshua been eating at this Feast, when He was dead and buried?

The book of John clearly states, 13:1-2 "Now before the before the Feast of Passover, when Yeshua knew His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who in the world, He loved the to the end." and He eats a meal with them...."And supper being ended...".

So, why does Matthew, Mark and Luke appear to be saying He was eating the Passover meal?  Need to look at translations and the Jewish culture.  Need to look at the WORD.  It clearly says Yeshua IS the Passover Lamb.  He was slaughtered on Nisan 14.  Buried at the beginning of Nisan 15 when the Passover Seder was being prepared and eaten.

We can't change HaShem's perfect Word.  But, apparently we are very limited in our ways of interpretation, explanation and teaching of His perfect Word.  We must go to the HEART of the WORD.  We know HaShem sent His Son to die for us that we have eternal life!  His perfect blood was taken to the perfect Temple in Heaven....and now we have a "way" to the Father....for ever and ever!  Just like HaShem told us to celebrate His Feasts forever!  And teach them to our children.  So, we can remember His Perfect Plan!  AMEN!

Yeshua's life and death is the completion of hundreds of Scripture prophecies!  He came for the Jews as Jew, and the Lost Tribes and everyone else who may be lost !  HaShem has a PATTERN for it all....and we can see it in the FEASTS!!! Glory to HIM!!!!!

Praise You Adonai, for giving us Your Son Yeshua, so that we may live...FOREVER!

Shalom, shalom
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 4th, 2015

Happy Purim
Purim is the celebration of Jewish deliverance as told in the Book of Esther. After the destruction of the Kingdom of Judah, the Jews were taken into the seventy-year Babylonian captivity. When ancient Persia took control, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus, planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Esther and he uncle, Mordecai.

Purim takes place each year in the Jewish calendar on the 14th day of Adar. This year the Gregorian date is the 28th of February. Purim is a boisterous, joyful day – it is a celebration of survival. The Purim celebration is fun and jovial.

Purim customs include giving food baskets as gifts, eating hamantashen pastries, giving to charity, and participating in Purim parades, plays and carnivals complete with costumes and noisemakers. Children dress in costume and march in Purim parades around the community. Families bake hamantashen pastries (Haman’s Ears) to eat during the celebration.

Purim is a time of joyous celebration. There is a special atmosphere that surrounds Purim. Probably the most widely observed Purim tradition is masquerading. Wearing masks and costumes is a way of hiding ones true identity. It is a fun way to act out the theme of mistaken identity which is found throughout the story of Esther. Esther hid her cultural origins from the king, Mordecai hid his knowledge of all the world's languages (which allowed Bigthan and Teresh to discuss their plot openly in his presence), and Haman was mistaken for Mordecai when he led Mordecai through the streets of the capital city of Shushan.

However, the most important custom is to listen to the Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) read aloud. It is a mitzvah (good deed) to do so. This reading usually takes place in a synagogue so to publicly declare the miracles of Purim. In Israel it is also read to the children in the day-cares, kindergartens, and schools. The Book of Esther is called the Megillah and the reading is called kriat Megillah. It is traditional to read the Megillah the eve of Purim as well as the following morning. The Talmud, the written record rabbinic thought pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history, prescribes how the Megillah should be read. This includes boisterous congregational participation complete with noise-makers called groggers which they spin at the mention of Haman, the villain of the story who is out to destroy the Jews.

On Purim we remember and celebrate the survival of the Jewish People. It is the story of how Esther saved the Jews of Persia from annihilation, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Hadassah and Esther

A Story of Heroism

Long ago in the land of Persia there was a king named Ahashverosh. As is the way of kings, one day he ordered that all his advisers and friends come together for a great feast. During the weeks of revelry he called upon his queen Vashti to dance at the feast and demonstrate her beauty for the male attendees. Queen Vashti refused. Furious at her rebuff the king ordered the execution of Vashti.

Over time King Ahashverosh’s anger dissipated and he was lonely for a queen. The new queen was to be the most beautiful in all his lands. To find her the king held a beauty contest. All the most beautiful young women were to be brought before the king. Amongst them was a Jewish women named Hadassah, who is also called Esther.

Esther was an orphan who was raised by her cousin Mordechai, he called her Hadassah means Myrtle, the sweet smelling tree. According to Jewish tradition the Myrtle tree is the most righteous of trees. Mordechai was a very righteous Jew and raised his adopted daughter the same way.

Thus Esther was not a willing participant in the pageant as this was not something a humble woman would do. So while the others readied themselves with perfume and cosmetics, she made no effort at all. But despite Esther’s lack of enthusiasm, God had plans for her. Out of all the women sent before the king, he chose Esther as the winner of the pageant and thus selected her to be his next queen.

When Esther was going to live in the palace Mordechai instructed her not to reveal that she was Jewish. The explained that it could be dangerous if this fact was discovered. She followed this advise and didn’t reveal her true identity, even when the king asked her to do so. To the king she was known only as Esther, a name that means “hiddenness”, as Esther kept her identity hidden.

Meanwhile, the king’s chief adviser, Haman, was trying to increase his influence in the kingdom. Haman convinced the king to decree that everyone must bow down to him when he passed. When Haman passed Mordechai did not bow because as a Jew he bows to no one but God.

Feeling insulted, angry and humiliated by Mordechai’s lack of compliance Haman immediately began to plot against the Jews of Persia. Haman decided to destroy the entire Jewish people in Persia. He went to the king and told them that the Jews didn’t follow the king’s laws. The king trusted Haman and told him he could do with the kingdom’s residents as he liked. Thus Haman set his plan into action and cast lots to determine the day of Jewish annihilation, and then constructed a gallows.

When Haman’s plot was revealed, a distraught Mordechai tore his clothes and wept publicly. Hearing about her cousin’s distress Esther sent a servant to inquire. Mordechai, who always knew her by the name Hadassah, sent the message to appeal to her to do something on behalf of her people. This proposition was unsettling to Esther as she knew what happened to the last queen who crossed the king.

However Esther, being the righteous woman she was, agreed. She instructed Mordechai to organize a three-day fast of the Jewish people. She believed that this fast would help deliver their prayers to God. Mordechai implored her to approach the king dressed humbly as a member of the Jewish faith. However, in this case Esther knew her identity must remain hidden until the proper moment.

After three days of fasting the unrevealed Jewess, Esther, entered the king’s court dressed in her most colorful and ostentatious royal garb. Still enamored by her stunning beauty, the king asked her what she desired, willing to give her anything she wanted. She replied that she only wanted to invite the king and Haman to a banquet. The king immediately accepted.

At the conclusion of the banquet, at which the king has gotten quite drunk with wine, Esther invited the king and Haman to a second banquet the next night. During the second feast with Haman drunk on self-importance and the king drunk on wine Esther made her move. She revealed Haman’s plot to the king explaining that she was in fact Jewish. By going forward with the order Haman would have to kill the king’s beautiful queen as well.

The king was furious that Haman would harm the queen. In his rage he overturned Haman’s decree and ordered that Haman be hanged in the gallows intended for Mordechai and other Jews.

In was here that the hidden Queen Esther and the righteous Hadassah, thus one and the same, yet so opposite, saved the Jews.

Like the heroine of Purim we all have different sides, sometimes opposing, sometimes complimenting. We should embrace all our different elements because it is they way each of us was uniquely made by God. Like Esther... and Hadassah... we can find a way to use each of our sides in His service.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 3rd, 2015

Breakthrough Part 2

Is. 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be 
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The key to really breaking through is waiting. Many times, we jump the gun and go for what we know, only to find out that we should have waited on God. The sad part about this is, we can usually look back and see a trail of bad decisions based on our inability to wait on God. And until we decide enough is enough, we will continually get it wrong. I believe that there is a sure path for everyone to take and I believe that many times, we are blinded by what others have or what we don't have. We see it through the eyes of our wants and desires instead of through the Spirit. God is trying to tell us that he has everything we need, and yet we want to go before God and then drag him along, believing he will work it all out in the end. But this is a destructive pattern because the fruit of our errors will only grow larger. Even though we may have a calling or believe we have a purpose in God, we could lose our family, friends, children, jobs, money, homes, etc. behind our inability to wait on him and his sure path. Waiting on God means that in spite of how we feel or how desperate the situation becomes, we decide that unless God shows up, we do nothing! This is the place that God desires in our life. He wants to be first and not last. He wants us to be sensible, and mature in our thinking. He wants us to consider the loss and count the cost. It takes preparation time to do these things. The wait is not just a senseless period of time that God needs to work things out, but it's a time of preparation for the big picture. This is where those that are called are separated from those that are chosen. The ones that are only called do things for self, because even though they know their called, they can't overcome their own agenda. But the chosen ones are the ones that wait on God no matter how trying it gets.

When you don't wait on God, you are telling God that you don't trust him. Your breakthrough is delayed and may never come if you don't trust God for it. God wants us at the point where we know him and can put our trust in him. The period between the wait and the promise is the period where we learn to trust in him for everything. He said "lean not your own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him!" This is the path to your breakthrough. When you lean to your understanding, you error! When you take the leading of the Spirit out of the picture then you really are saying that God is not in control of you. God wants to be God over you. He doesn't want you giving the enemy the ability to always stop your progress. You have a responsibility my Christian friend! You must get to a point in your life where nothing else matters. Your personal feelings don't matter, your past doesn't matter, and what people have around you doesn't matter!

You have to get to the place where, no matter what it cost, you are going to wait on God! Every great leader waited. Every great pastor or clergy, minister or prophet had to wait. There was always a time of preparation in their lives and the same goes with you. You have to wait on God. But be of good courage during your waiting. If you make the right choices and do it God's way, your waiting period can be wonderful in itself. You can experience God and know him through the test and trials of your waiting period. And it will make your journey to the promised land more fulfilling if you can hear him and follow him there. Your breakthrough is coming, all you have to do is wait.

Suggested Reading: Psa. 37:9, Psa. 59:9, Prov. 3:6, Matt. 22:14

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 2nd, 2015


Joshua 5:6Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
6 because the people of Isra’el walked forty years in the desert until the whole nation, that is, the fighting men who had left Egypt, had died out; because they had not heeded what Adonai said. Adonai had sworn that he would not allow them to see the land which Adonai swore to their ancestors that he would give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

In this era of breakthrough, many believers don't put things into the proper perspective. They hear the breakthrough message and the wait on God but many times, breakthrough is not happening because of us! You see, there are things in your life that God has to remove and change things before he can take you into your promised land. Your next level depends on you conquering the present level!
Why in the world would God give you a breakthrough when you have not completed the present course that you are on?
You see, we do things a lot of times that keep us going in circles. We make bad decisions, we operate on our own and ignore the voice of God, and we get comfortable with our "issues" and never choose to deal with them. So, we stay where we are! Then, we go to conferences, services, and watch TV evangelists talk about our next season, our next level, or our breakthrough, and we immediately want the word to be for us.
But listen my friend, your next level, season, or breakthrough cannot be spoken over you, but it has to be operated in you. You have to pass the test!! You have to be willing to sacrifice your personal feelings and wants for the sake of the Kingdom of God. God is waiting for a people that will give up all and follow him. You can't hold on to your old ways, your old decision making processes, or your old way of thinking in the promise land. You could do that in the past, because you weren't going anywhere. But God wants to protect the promise land from your old mentality. Just think if God was to give you everything you got coming while you are still being hardheaded, forming bad relationships, spending money unwisely, or walking in rebellion and disobedience. You would mess things up royally. But look at it from this angle or perspective. The promise land, right now, is in the hands of someone else! God always delivered the promise out of one hand, into the next! He took it from the unjust and gave it to the just. With that said, ask yourself this question. Why would he take it from people that will not listen to him and give it to people that will not listen to him? If you are going to get it, you have to listen to him.

The original children of Israel that once lived in Egypt, did not see the promise land. They wandered around for 40 years and never went anywhere because they did not obey God. They kept doing what they knew to do, which was what they learned in Egypt. So, God did not give them the promise land. He took their children and gave them the promise. That's the way it is for so many of us today. Our breakthrough has not come because we are circling the same area we have circled for years. Making the same bad decisions and allowing ourselves to be put right back in the same place and never going forward. We must learn to obey God and follow his plan. Once we do that, we will get the breakthrough! Once we do that, we will step into our season! Once we do that, we will see the promise! The enemy is not fighting your breakthrough by messing with your money, or your job. He's fighting you in your mind! He's causing you to listen to yourself and not God. You see, the children of Israel kept bringing up what the Egyptians did to them. The more they talked about it, the more they gave power to it.. And thus, they could never move forward because they kept talking about what had happened to them. If the devil can get you to make decisions based on what people did to you, or how you feel, then he can 
put you at a standstill. If he can cause you to go against the plan of God and move according to your personal feelings, then he can cause you to walk in circles! Saints of God, your breakthrough, your promise, your season, is waiting on you. It's already prepared, but you must allow God to work out things in you first so that when you get there, you will not be like the those that he has taken the land from!

Just remember BREAKTHROUGH only comes  through you obedience and your faithfulness, and honoring His commandments, keeping His Sabbath and being faithful in your Tithe & Offerings, and honoring the people around you!  Stay focus and on track and see BREAKTHROUGH COME TOWARDS YOU!

Suggested Reading: Prov. 13:22, Rom. 16:19, 2Cor. 10:6, Heb. 5:8

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on March 2nd, 2015

Breaking Sexual and Romantic Ties and Deliverance from Sexual Promiscuity:
As a Marriage and Family Counselor for many years I have encountered many believers who are suffering from Sexual Promiscuity, so I want to pass this to those who may need to break free!
We are about to study the subject of emotional damage, mental damage, and marital damage caused by ungodly soul ties and how to break them in order for the people of God to live in freedom of covenants and relationships from the past. Soul ties can be formed with others before and during marriage, or even after a marriage.

What is a soul tie? It is the invisible tie that binds one person to another person, organization or object. It is an ungodly covenant based on an unhealthy emotional or sexual relationship or attachment. What is a covenant? A covenant is an agreement that is binding on all parties. There is no need to keep past covenant if you have already moved on to another relationship. Old covenants from previous relationships, lovers or spouses need to be broken. Examples of covenants are commitments spoken or demonstrated, like when you say, ” I will always love you”, “I will always stand by your side”, or “I will always hate you”. Another form of covenant is demonstrated by receiving a ring from someone as a sign of engagement or commitment. If the relationship is already severed, the spirit of the covenant must be broken by returning the ring to the giver. If the giver refuses to accept it, the recipient must get rid of it and not keep it. Anything else that connects you to the former lover must be gotten rid of as well. Burn all love notes, cards, return the bike, etc. Delete and junk all e-mails from him/her. Get rid of all of it and have nothing to do with it: move on in the right way! I will mention here a different kind of a soul tie although it may be outside of this study. I just feel that the Holy Spirit wants me to include it here. This is the soul tie that is attached to an object. An example is a piece or item that has been passed down from a great, great ancestor. A dying relative might want to give it to you because it has been with the family for generations. RECIPIENT BEWARE! The devil knows that people (especially females) are sentimental people. When there is sentimental value on something, it blinds our eyes. The tendency is not to get rid of it but to keep on holding on to it. If curses are attached to that object, bad things can happen in your life. It will also prevent you from moving in the direction that the Holy Spirit wants you to move. It may involve separating your life from the object because of the sentimental soul tie, otherwise, it will draw you to a wrong loyalty. If the object is cursed, the curse will continue because someone is hosting the spirit that was placed in the item. Be very discerning! If you are aware that there is a curse on the object being passed on to you, say this prayer:“ I break and renounce all covenants, curses, and demonic blessings attached to this item, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I cut off any soul ties and sentimental affections and relationships that I have with this object in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I ask for the blood of Jesus to seal this item. Amen.
After you have spoken this prayer, get rid of the item. You have three options: break it. If it will not break, burn it. If it will not burn, BURY IT! The passages in the Bible that support this are found in Deuteronomy 7:4-5, 25, 26, Isaiah 2:17-21 (Old Testament).
Going back to soul ties with previous lovers or spouses, how do we break our attachments to previous relationships? We are going to learn how to do it in this study. The prayer provided here will break soul and spirit ties, romantic ties and even sexual and romantic words spoken during lovemaking or sexual intimacy. The purpose of this is to present yourself to your spouse with no soul and spirit ties with your past and to enjoy a new life of enjoying sexual intimacy.
The most common soul and spirit ties are found in sexual relationships where the sexual relationship is outside of marriage. In the case of a married couple who are divorced, there must still be a breaking or separating of the soul and spirit even when the marriage certificate is canceled as a result of a certificate of divorce. There are so many cases where the spouse is not able to give himself or herself fully to the other because her soul and spirit is still attached to the former lover or spouse. This situation is caused by soul ties that have never been broken. The result is a scattered soul. The person who has a scattered soul is a person with a divided soul. For the sake of this study, the terms soul tie, double minded, scattered soul and divided soul will be used interchangeably.
In James 1:7-8 in the New Testament, we see the problem of a divided soul as a double minded person. “For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord…” (verse 7). We can give and give in our marriage but it seems as though we get very little in return. Having a scattered, divided soul affects our receiving, not our giving. We may wonder why we can’t receive the love and affection from our spouse that we so desperately need. A spouse can tell us that they love us, but somehow it does not get through.
The love cannot be contained because the container inside is fragmented in pieces. When the soul and spirit ties are broken, it will not only set you free but it will also heal the divide within your soul. If a divided soul is not healed, it will always create a relationship problem. It is the will of God to bless our marriages. So many couples do not enjoy the blessedness of a married life because of the problem of divided souls. Our inability to receive is because our soul is tied to someone outside of our spouses or to something. We receive instead from the person with whom we have a soul tie.
There are good soul ties and there are bad soul ties. Good soul ties produce life in us. Bad soul ties produce death in us. God wants us to break the bad soul ties! Many marriages are broken because of the bad soul ties. I will expose here the different kinds of sexual sins that produce bad soul ties and how to get it right with God.
If a person continues to do this sexual sins mentioned below, the blessing of God is not in that relationship. Unless repented, the curse of sexual sin will follow a person. No amount of changing an address, changing a profession or changing relationships or churches can remove the curse of sin. You cannot jump from bed to bed or from one marriage to another in order to get rid of it. Only repentance can accomplish it.
Here are a few of the sexual sins:
First, is fornication . This is sexual intercourse between men and women that are not married to each other. In Galatians 5:19 (New Testament), fornication is identified with deeds of the flesh. It is considered as sexual immorality. We are strongly warned that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The proliferation of lewd entertainment from sexually provocative magazines, to internet dating sites, cybersex (a virtual sex encounter in which two or more persons connected remotely via computer network send each other sexually explicit messages describing a sexual experience), to suggestive TV shows that demonstrate the world of sex outside of marriage, fornication becomes the next easy step to happen to those that are an inch away from being seduced into this sin.
God is not mocked. Whatever we sow, we will reap (Galatians 6:7, New Testament). Practicing fornication leads to the bondage of sexual lust and addiction. It can give birth to other consequences as well, like unwanted pregnancies, abortion, and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (like AIDS, herpes, syphilis and other pelvic inflammatory diseases). If the soul ties of previous lovers and sexual partners or of former husbands or wives are not cut off, part of that person’s personality remains in you. In an ungodly soul tie, an ungodly covenant has been formed either verbally or simply assumed by parties involved.
When a sexual encounter occurred, the covenant entered into a binding relationship. God sees the covenant and so does Satan. As long as fornication continues, God does not bless the relationship. Sin invites the curse of God in that relationship. It becomes the ground where sin begets sin and opens a person up to a whole new world of demonic attack. If the fornicating couple is engaged to be married, there must be a renunciation of sin before God and a breaking of the old sexual covenants before entering into their marriage. Why? Because they will be entering into their marriage on a faulty foundation.
You do not want to bring the curse of fornication into your marriage. Both parties have to forgive each other for defiling each other’s bodies ( I Corinthians 6:15-17, New Testament). What is defilement? It is the state of being corrupted, or polluted, or a state where someone’s good name and reputation is damaged. In the case of a couple who is going to get married, even if no reputation might be damaged, their flesh has already been corrupted because of the sin. The couple should also ask God to restore the godly foundation to their upcoming marriage.
Assuming that the marriage or the wedding is still several months or weeks or days away, the couple should keep themselves pure and not go back into committing fornication again. This is where vigilance and accountability should come in. Accountability would keep them in check and in balance for any misses and lapses and point them back in the right direction.
Good pre-marital counseling should include this teaching in their counseling sessions. So many couples who have had sexual relationship with each other prior to their marriage, begin to see the unraveling of the wrath of sin during their marriage beginning with dissatisfaction, torment, guilt and condemnation. It is common place to hear couples who have lived with each other prior to their marriage to say, “all hell broke loose” after they were married. This is because the unrighteous foundation was not demolished through repentance and renunciation before they got married. This is what I mean when I say, God is not mocked. You will reap whatever you sow.
In cases where a baby is conceived before marriage, the couple should also repent of getting pregnant before the marriage transpired. Then, the bastard spirit needs to be cut off from the unborn child. This can also be done once the baby is born.
Biblically, such a baby is conceived through the unrighteous sin of fornication, and not from a godly union blessed with the covering of marriage. The couple should ask God to reclaim the righteous foundation that was not established in this seed, which is the baby. The baby will not only need to be dedicated, but also consecrated to God. This is the way to reinstate the situation back to a godly foundation and to cut off the generational curse of sexual sin.
What is a generational curse? A curse that has been passed down from one generation to another due to sin, choices and rebellion against God. Once the bastard spirit is cut off from the baby, pronounce a prayer of blessing over the baby. If the baby conceived in fornication is already an adult, it is not enough to just cut off the bastard spirit. The adult himself must come to the Lord and say the prayer that will break the bastard spirit or get help from a minister or counselor who will assist him in doing it.
Going back to the engaged couple, a prayer of blessing has to be pronounced over them ( See Your Rabbi/Pastor) after their repentance and the breaking of the curse has been done. All curses that have been brought about by their previous life of sexual sins (from other lovers) need to be broken in prayer too. The prayer of blessing will be especially powerful when the couple has fully renounced and repented of the sin of fornication between each other and other previous lovers. If the couple could get deliverance from their other sexual encounters prior to their marriage, this would be a commendable step. If a prayer of blessing is prayed over the couple at their marriage, but the sexual sin of fornication was not renounced and repented yet, there will be an ongoing battle between the prayer of blessing spoken during the marriage ceremony and the seed of sin that was planted because of their fornication.
The seed of fornication will be a dormant seed that will only wait for the right time before it will start to seek out adultery, divorce or strife of some kind. This is the power of sin. It strangles life and produces pain, death of love, death of marriage and suffering. But God’s forgiveness is more powerful. Light is more powerful than darkness. We must be willing to come to the light and bring all sexual sins into the light, instead of hiding and keeping them. The power of sin is hidden in darkness, but it is broken once it is exposed and repented (John 3:19, New Testament). Repentance is a way of bringing the sin into light. Yeshua/Jesus Himself is the Light, and His blood cleanses us from all sins. That of course includes the sin of fornication (I John 1:7, New Testament). If you are reading this teaching and you need help for the sin of fornication/s to be broken in your life, you can contact me directly. Use the CONTACT US link in this website. However, you can also use these Prayers in Repenting and Renouncing Sins of Fornication and Breaking Soul and Spirit Ties:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I would like to acknowledge that I have sinned against myself and against you by defiling my body through the sexual sin of fornication. I would like to repent and ask forgiveness of my sin. I am also repenting that I have defiled my former lover/husband/wife/partner/another person by agreeing with him to commit the sin. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from the sin of fornication. Father God, I receive your forgiveness and I receive the power of the blood to cleanse me from every defilement that comes with fornicating.
I break the soul ties to my former lover/s (if there are several, you should break the soul ties by naming them one by one), former husband/former wife/former partner in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I also break all romantic and sexual memories that are attached to my emotions and my mind in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, of my former lover/former husband/former wife/former partner. I cast down all residue of fantasy with my sexual encounter with my former lover/former husband/former wife/former partner in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I forgive my lover/partner for defiling my body in the name of Jesus. I forgive him/her for defiling my mind with all kinds of filthy and suggestive sexual words and language, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Heavenly Father, forgive me for defiling him/her as well. I ask oh God that you will bring healing and cleansing to my emotions, my mind and my body in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I bind every unclean spirit of lust, impurity, immorality, etc. that entered into my body through fornication and I command them to be cast out and thrown into the deepest sea in the name of Jesus. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cover these doorways as I totally put a closure to all sexual sins in my life. Father God, starting today, I declare that I will value purity and walk in holiness, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Thank you for your love, for your forgiveness, for the cleansing and the protecting power of the blood and my newly found freedom in the name of Yeshua/Jesus! I BREAK THE CURSE of fornication in my life, in the name of Yeshua/ Jesus! Completely renew my mind. Thank you for healing my mind from the tormenting memories of my past, in the name of Jesus, Amen!
Here is another prayer for a couple who are about to be married and have committed the sin of fornication. The purpose of this prayer is to reclaim a godly foundation in the marriage so that the curse of fornication will not be dragged into their married life. The prayer can be prayed by each one in different settings or it can be prayed together. The following prayer includes breaking of the curse that can result in physical barrenness for either the man or the woman.
Prayer to Break the Curse of Barrenness Because of Sexual Sin:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I acknowledge that I have committed the sin of fornication with my fiancé/boyfriend/girlfriend. I confess that I defiled my body with the sin of fornication. I would like to ask for forgiveness for defiling myself. I repent of this sin and I turn away from it so that I will not be tempted again to do it. I confess that I have defiled my fiancé/boyfriend /girlfriend’s body by fornicating with him/her. Father, I ask for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from this sin.
I bind every unclean spirit of lust, impurity, and immorality that has entered into me because of this sin, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command these spirits to leave my body, emotions, and mind and to be cast into the deepest sea, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for the blood of Jesus to cover these doorways. I tear down the memories and thoughts of lovemaking and sexual encounters with my fiancé/boyfriend/girlfriend in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Father God, starting today I will walk in purity and value chastity. I want to start my future marriage on the right foundation. Any curse that I have opened myself up to either in my womb (for ladies) or in my loins (for men) because of fornication, I ask for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus to remove the power of the curse. I break the curse of barrenness in my womb or loins in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for your blessing instead over my womb (for ladies) or loins (for men) in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I bless my relationship with my fiancé in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I declare a new beginning in our relationship in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Heavenly Father, thank you for your love, for your forgiveness, for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus that cleanses and protects and for the new found freedom that we will enjoy! Thank you that you have removed our sin from us, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus!
Here is the Prayer to Confess and Repent of Pregnancy Before Marriage and the Breaking Off of the Bastard Spirit:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned against you and against myself by committing the sin of fornication. I have defiled my body because of the fornication. I also confess that I have defiled my fiancé’s/boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s body because of this sin. I am repenting of this sin and I ask oh God for your forgiveness. Cleanse me from this sin and from all the fruits of defilement in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I ask for the blood of Yeshua/Jesus to remove the stain of my sin. Heavenly Father, I also would like to ask for forgiveness that my sin of fornicating has produced a life in my womb/or produced a life in my girlfriend or fiancé’s womb. Forgive us for getting pregnant outside of the protective covering of marriage. Heavenly Father, I dedicate this life in my womb/or in my fiancé’s womb in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the bastard spirit that came into him/her because of our sin, in Yeshua/Jesus name. I ask that this life in my womb/fiancé’s womb will be reclaimed for your glory. I break the pattern of fornication in his/her life in Yeshua/Jesus name. Bless this little one in the womb in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. May he be a branch grafted into the True Vine and manifest the fruit of righteousness, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, Amen!
Here is the Prayer to Break the Curse of Fornication on the Baby:
Father God, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I thank you for the life of this baby. I dedicate him/her to you in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Set him/her apart for the purpose of honoring, and glorifying your name. I confess the sin of fornication in which this baby was conceived. I ask forgiveness for this sin in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the power of the sin of fornication under which he/she was conceived and instead we ask oh God that you will sanctify this baby in the name of Jesus. I declare that the curse is broken by the blood of Yeshua/Jesus! I want this baby to walk in a different life unlike ours where the sin was committed. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for your love. And thank you for giving this baby a different life and a new slate, in Yeshua/Jesus name, Amen.
When a sexual sin results in acquiring a sexually transmitted disease and the person is repentant, the minister or counselor should curse the virus behind the sexually transmitted disease after the Prayer of Repentance and after Renouncing The Sin of Fornication are both said and done. The Prayer of Repentance will release forgiveness to the person who sinned and the blood of Jesus will wash away that sin. Cursing the virus of herpes, syphilis and HIV in the name of Jesus will cause the virus to wither and die! Only the virus is being cursed, not the person. Never, ever make a mistake of cursing the person! Proverbs 18:21 in the Old Testament says, “the tongue has the power of life and death…”
Here is the Prayer to Curse the Virus of Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
Heavenly Father, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus, I curse the HIV virus* to wither and die. In The name of Yeshua/Jesus! Amen!  
*You can use herpes, or syphilis depending on the case presented to you.
Confession to Break and Overcome Generational Curses

Heavenly Father I Come to you today in faith to Break and overcome all generational curses. We break every curse of idle words and abominations that caused my generation to go after the gods of this world. In the Name of Yeshua/Jesus, I command it broken and I command it to come out. I command the curse of idolatry to be loosed and broken off of my life and those that come after me. Paganistic practices, I call you out in the Mighty Name of Yeshau/Jesus.
I break every curse of the wanderer and the vagabond. I break the curse of rebellion, disobedience, and not obeying the Word of the Lord. I command selfishness and greed to be loosed off of me and the generations after me, in Yeshua/Jesus' Name. I break the curse of the city, the things that I have tried to build under myself and the kingdoms and possessions. I break the curse off my fields, lands and inheritance. I break the curse off the fruit of my body, off my children, the words that come out of my mouth and my generation. I break the curse off of the increase of my wealth, the things I have done, and the blessings of my land.
I break the curse of my going out and my coming in, my sitting down, and my rising up, I break the curse off my basket and storehouse in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break every curse that satan has set up to bring defeat into my generation.
I break every curse of alcoholism and illicit drug use that is setup to destroy my organs in my flesh, my family relationships, my interactions with others, my conscious decision making and most importantly, my relationship with GOD. We expose the root cause of alcoholism and illicit drug use. We expose every psychological factor that causes this to occur and place this need under the BLOOD OF YESHUA/JESUS.
I command all lawlessness and rebellion to cease in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse of confusion. I command the spirit of confusion, the spirit of Babylon, the harlot system, that whorish nature, that flirtatious woman that goes a whoring after other gods, to loose my family right now, in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I go back 10 generations and break your hold and my life. I come against all the rebuke and blasphemy, every curse of damnation that has been spoken upon my bloodline for 10 generations. Everything that took away my self-worth, I command it broken.
I come against the spirit of destruction and command this curse to be loosed off of my generation in the Mighty Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command the curse of evil, all the backbiting, the slander, the contention, the anger, the hatred, PRIDE, unforgiveness, to come out in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
I come against every pestilence. I break the curse of poverty and command that spirit to loose me. The things that have been stolen from me, I command them to come into obedience to the Word of God. I break the curse of the thief and the liar, incest, illegitimacy, and sodomy. I come against the spirit of pride and self-righteousness. Religious spirits, I command you to loose me and the spirit of KINGDOM Mindness to overtake me.
I break the curse of consumption and fever, inflammation, every illness, every thyroid condition, every pain causing infection to be released from me and my generation right now. I come against all diseases and infirmities in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus.
I command condemnation to loose me and my generation in the Mighty Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse that causes me to be struck down before my enemies. The spirit of failure, no vision, I command it to loose me. I break the curse of death, premature death. I break the curse of boils, blood diseases, tumors, in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus. I command the curse of cancer to be loosed from my generation. I command bitterness, bitter roots, resentments, a lying tongue and unforgiveness to loose me and my generation.
In the Name of Yeshua/Jesus, me and my family are set free because the Word of God does not fail. The laws of God are to be acted upon. I break everything that would make me the tail, the man beneath. I come against depression, anxiety, spirit of suicide, self-inflictions, insanity, no self-control, and retardation and I command it to loose my generation.
I break the curse of all skin diseases, and things that don't heal herpes, and psoriasis. I come against the spirit of torment in itches, nervousness. I come against the Spirit of dismay, discouragement, dismay of mind and heart, the spirit of despair, mental anguish, mental depression, and I command you to loose me and my generation in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
Everything that has been allowed to bruise my life, I now cancel it. I call heaven and earth to witness that I will not be bound with the curse of poverty any longer. I come against the enemy coming in and robbing from me, taking the things that are precious and robbing me of good. I break the curse of verbal, emotional and physical abuse.
I break the curse of lust, promiscuity, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and perversion. Your assignment is canceled. The spirit of fantasy, the daydreamer, I break your hold in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.
I break the curse that would allow the enemy to pursue me and allows him to come in and present himself. I break the curse of all witchcraft and all mind control. I command every demon in hell to loose me in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. I break the curse of the false prophet, false teaching, things that I have listened to and taken into my being. I command all false teachings and errors, to be broken and out of my life, in Yeshua/Jesus' Name. I repent before You, Lord, and I ask you to show me from here on in, what is right in your sight, in your word.
I break the curse of unbelievers, -unbelievers in my household, that mixture in the house from the mother, the father, the children, the wife or husband. I break the curse of laziness and I command the spirit of passivity to loose me in Yeshua/Jesus' Name.

Rahab in the BIBLE was a HARLOT or known by today’s words, she was a WHORE. Rahab was directly connected to Yeshua Messiah.
Salmon married a woman named Rahab
Rahab had a son named BOAZ
BOAZ married a woman named Ruth
Ruth had a son named Obed
Obed had a son named Jesse
Jesse had a son named David
From the Household of David came YESHUA MESSIAH.
No matter how bad iniquity may have run in your family, Yeshua/Jesus is the Prime Example of a Curse Breaker. If Yeshua/ Jesus was directly connected to Rehab’s house, what can come out of your house! Amen!
If further assistance is needed please feel free to contact me for more advice or to set up a private counseling session!

In His Service,
Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

"2015 Prophetic Word: A Year of Opportunity With Major Shifts and Breakthrough"
• This is a year full of opportunity.
• Many things will shift worldwide in ways they never have before, which will also create new opportunities.
• Many things that did not seem to break through last year will begin to break through this year if you keep believing in faith.
Smoke Screens
The enemy will try to make it look like you have lost in certain battles you have been fighting. Never give into the devil and never get into agreement with the enemy. Once you say, "I guess we lost this one," then you have lost. But, if you know God promised you something, never give into the smoke screen, never declare defeat. Often it is an illusion, and soon after you will find out it was false.
FEAR is: False Evidence Appearing Real
This goes for sickness, financial situations, family, doors opening, and more.
The enemy will try, in some cases, to threaten you that if you continue to believe and go for the promise that your worst fears will come with your defeat. Threats may even come from the "giants" that guard the territory you are about to invade.
Threats of total defeat, total loss, pain, and misery – you must press in deep into the glory and holiness of God. Lay aside every weight, sin, or distraction and enter into the total peace of God that surpasses all human understanding of the situation.
Once you press into the peace and presence of God and "abide under the shadow of His wings," and then declare and pray from that place, the enemy cannot touch you.
When it looks like all is lost, that is when you press into the core of God; and when you have done all to stand and can't advance anymore, just stand and hold your ground in the Spirit and watch God turn things around suddenly and dramatically as you "strive to enter that rest." Either you or the devil will give up – let it not be you.
Persevering Faith
This is a year to lock shields with others and persevere until every promise of God is fulfilled. God is going to teach many about Persevering Faith this year. Many have faith that God will do things right away, but when certain things take longer than expected, they give up and lose heart. Persevering faith is a faith that no matter what it looks like, no matter how long it takes, as long as you are breathing you are not giving up or giving in mentally, emotionally, or with your words until you see the manifestation of what God promised you.
Ephesians 6:18 With all types of prayer and petition pray in every season in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
Thankfulness and Praise
As we are thankful for what we do have and we start to praise God for the victory that is coming and is here by faith, things will start to turn around fast. Paul and Silas praised and thanked God while in prison, which looked really bad, and God intervened into their situation and shook the prison, causing a revival and allowing for their escape!
Thanking God in the midst of the impossible will cause God's possible to manifest.
Hidden Breakthroughs
As a seed is planted in the ground and dies then starts the process of pushing its way up to the surface, many of your breakthroughs are just about ready to spring up. Just because you do not see anything occurring on the surface does not mean that nothing is happening, but quite the opposite. You need to persevere in prayer until you see the harvest start to pop up from underground.
If you stop continuing to pray, praise, declare, and thank God just because you don't see it, yet you might stop the process when you were so close – maybe only hours or days away from your breakthrough. There is a lot happening under the surface, even if on the surface you don't see it yet; your faith is pushing the manifestation to the surface. Daniel could have given up on the 20th day of his fast and would not have had the angelic encounter and answer to his prayers for his nation if he did not persevere until He got the answer.
The angel even told him that every day he was praying it was affecting the breakthrough for the angel to get to Daniel; his prayers were the fuel to get the angel to him. True persevering faith will be needed this year to pray without ceasing until you see the promise manifest.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Yeshua Messiah...
Exciting Double Doors
Exciting double doors of opportunity will open to many this year. If you are in the correct position and mindset in God, you will be able to go through these new open doors of opportunities for the harvest, including doors reaching into government, nations, media, entertainment, and those in other religious belief systems to know the God of Israel this year through His Son. (Photo via Wikimedia)
There will be an increase in healings, miracles, signs and wonders, deliverance, and more accurate prophetic. Also, for some, the authority will increase in the spirit realm when prophesying so that even the earth responds to the prophetic word, just as Elijah had authority to prophesy and even see the earth and weather patterns obey his word, similar to when Jesus calmed the storm with a word.
The true prophetic will be sought after by the kings of the earth in 2015 as more and more turbulent and complicated situations arise for those running nations, companies, and industries. Again, opportunities are arising in the midst of the crisis for the world.
There will be many shakings worldwide and in the USA this year. During the shakings either you will be in fear or great faith. The shakings will cause huge opportunities to come to those that can see through them. Many will see the obvious and go into fear and self-preservation mode. But to those that see what God is doing in Heaven through the shaking will be able to reap more harvest in the shakings than in normal times.
When Egypt was shaken, the Israelites, who were poor slaves, suddenly had a huge opportunity as long as they stayed in faith and obeyed. It took faith to obey to kill and eat the lamb, put the blood on the doorposts of the homes, pack up, and start walking out of bondage. When they did the greatest signs, wonders erupted in Egypt, causing an entire nation to hear the Gospel at that time that the God of Israel is the true God, not the gods of Egypt. Many Egyptians followed the Israelites out of Egypt and served the God of Israel. Also, the wealth of Egypt was given to Israel in one day.
The shakings and seemingly terrible financial and natural disasters occurring in the eyes of the Egyptians turned into a blessing for God's people who had faith and saw beyond the natural. They got out of Egypt, out of slavery and bondage, they went from poor to blessed, and an entire nation heard the Gospel and the truth as to who is the true God to serve.
When the fruit tree starts to shake violently this year, either you will be in fear and shaken or you will be those who foresee past the shaking and have your harvesting baskets positioned under the trees as the ripe harvest falls right into your harvesting baskets.
2015 Will Be the Greatest Opportunity For Harvest
Many Jewish people will find their Messiah in Israel and the USA and worldwide. The shakings will cause a seeking after truth. This will also trigger an even greater Gentile harvest worldwide.
Though much of the secular news will be carrying the escalating war between the two nations, Russia and Ukraine will continue to see an increase in salvations and the move of God, the battle for souls in the spirit being the real war occurring.
The U.S. and Russia/China will continue to look like enemies on the news, yet God's people from those nations will continue to meet and work for world harvest from those very same nations behind the scenes. Things are not always as they seem in the natural. There is a global repositioning occurring, and nations are vying for world influence and power or to maintain their world influence and status they perceive to be dwindling.
Prepare for the great harvest of souls coming in in the midst of the shakings. It's not a question of either harvest or shaking, as God often does both at the same time. Some voices will prophesy shaking, and others harvest. Is only one of these correct, or are they both part of a bigger picture? It all depends on how much you are seeing of the whole picture, or whether just a small part.
Many Believers are getting very scared and worried about what is coming on the earth today. Yeshua foretold many of the things we see today – like wars, rumors of war, famine, pestilence, persecution, terrorism, etc. – when He said, "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars" (Matthew 24:6). However, He did not end there...He continued to say, "See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end."
Yeshua told us not to be in fear. So, if we are in fear, we will miss out on the greatest harvest in these most exciting times!
This is the exciting part that Yeshua promised:
"But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:13-14).
I want to be in the crowd doing "this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world"; it's all a matter of what you are focusing on.
Surrounded by Armies
2 Kings 6:15 Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?"
When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrian army about to be killed, the servant, in fear, asked the prophet, "What shall we do?" Many Christians are asking the same questions, as they fear the economy, the government, natural disasters, famine, Ebola, etc...
It's not that those things are not a big problem. Some people are very focused on every detail of what the enemy is doing. Some are prophetic enough to pick up chatter in the enemy's camp and then are very worried. Yes, it's true on one level that the enemy is planning great evil, but you need to pick up the chatter of Heaven's war room to see what God plans to do through you to counteract the enemy's plans. It's not enough to just see what the enemy is planning to do or the bad things coming, but to be able to see God's will and plan to overcome it and thwart as many of them as possible.
Elisha saw into the Spirit and peeked into Heaven. We need to be more heavenly minded to affect earth. Here is what Elisha said back to his servant:
"So he answered, 'Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them'" (2 Kings 6:16).
How can you say that when imminent death seems apparent unless you are living in the spirit realm in the glory of God seeing Heaven's perspective?
2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  
Are you seeing God's plans for the earth?
Divine intervention can be requested and released from the throne to thwart the enemy's plans.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes in 2015 and peer into Heaven's realm and see the plans God has for you, your city, your destiny, and your nation. Get God's plan and perspective and begin to walk by faith (in what you see in the Spirit and the Word), not by sight (in what you see on TV or in the natural or coming from the chatter from the enemy's camp).
May 2015 be your best year ever In Yeshua Messiah’s Name! Amen!!!
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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

The Double Portion In 5775/2015"
Hebrew Symbols "Ayin and Hey"
As we entered into the Hebraic year of 5775 we looked into the Biblical and Hebrew symbolism of "75" or "ayin hey." In Hebrew the alphabet letters have a corresponding numerical values, as well as pictorial symbolisms.
Ayin: 70 is pictorially symbolic in that it has two eyes which represent the ability to perceive, and the choice of good or evil. Ayin is a silent letter and therefore although it sees with two eyes it does not speak, which is thought to be symbolic of humility. It can also be translated as a "fountain" of wisdom, or an "eye."
Hey: 5 is symbolic of the picture of a tent door (dalet) with a hand (yod). says: "Since hey is formed from dalet and yod, it can also be a picture of returning to God by means of the transforming power of the Spirit. Dalet stands for brokenness, and yod stands for a hand. Opening the door of the heart then is a picture of the Spirit of God indwelling the Believer..."
Concerning Israel, I believe that the number "5" in the year 5775, represents grace. Israel and the Jewish people will be coming into revelation of the 5 wounds of the Cross—both hands, both feet, and the pierced side—finding their Messiah, Yeshua.
 "They shall look on Him who they have pierced..." John 19:37
A Shmita Year
5775 is also a season for the United States and the nations to count the cost of His Lordship. The rest that you sow into this year will bring fertility into your thoughts and actions.
5775 is a Shmita year (the 7th year, a sabbatical year, a year of rest, a "year to let go") and a season of dormancy that prepares your inheritance to be received. 
"The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow." Deuteronomy 28:12
This Shmita year for Israel and the nations is a season to rest from striving and relying on our own strength. It is a season to prepare us to receive our Jubilee inheritance in 5776.
5776 is a Jubilee year and the 70th Jubilee year observed since Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land!
The number 70 corresponds with a total evolutionary cycle being complete and perfected. 
It is truly incredible, and not a coincidence, that from January 2015 we have roughly 9 months to prepare to give birth to the most powerful Jubilee year in our lifetime.
This is a critical and important time for choices and spiritual decisions—like a season of pregnancy when a woman with child has to be conscious of taking care of her body during the most critical time for forming the life of the new child.
I believe that there is a double portion anointing to all who will call on the Name of the Lord to birth a third-day revelation and see what God sees, understand it, perceive it, and have the grace, resources, and anointing to bring it to pass.
"Grace, Grace!"
There is a release of double portion for those who have been faithful and consistent in their walk with Yeshua. As the Holy Spirit is moving , it becomes quite clear that we were being caught up into a prophetic vortex of multiple whirlwinds of timing and destiny with the Lord.
The revelation that 5775 is a year that God sees and God releases great grace.  The Lord is saying Sons & Daughters of Yahweh, I want you to see as I see, and experience grace as I give grace."
Tthis level of grace and revelation that the Lord desired to release into His Body could only be received in a spiritual state of supernatural Sabbath Rest. The Scriptures are clear of our observance of the Lord’s Sabbath from Friday to Saturday sundown and the spirit of the Lord is saying that during this Shmita year, a Sabbath rest year, that this would be a work of the Holy Spirit, and would not be by might nor by power, but truly by His Spirit in a divine moed—meaning in God's appointed time.
The message of the Lord is saying: The Double Portion 5775/2015, the two fives has a great significance. The Hebraic calendar and the Gregorian calendar were numerically saying, "Grace, Grace!"
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is the tree of life." Proverbs 13:12
Biblical numerology is important to understand in these last days. We will witness the prophetic pulses of God made manifest through His numbers in many ways. Now when is a real shift is going to take place?
God is saying that! Apostolic first-fruits, apostolic Israel, apostolic first-nations, and multiple generations of God’s people need to be  present at the Starting the Year Off Right  when they come together in one accord under the tent of "ayin hey" saying, "God’s calendar is shouting Grace, Grace as we move into 2015 to start the year off right!"
The Lord is saying not to look to your past, your past is over!  But focus on the Yeshua Messiah and your future this year, and be consistent and faithful in all areas of your work! If you have fallen back in these areas or in your Tithes and Offerings, then this is the time to start fresh and receive the promises of what this year will bring!  
God wants to release abundance of blessings this Shmita year, but it’s up to you to walk in His obedience to receive it !!!   Amen!  
Shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 18th, 2015

Deliverance Prayers to Recite Out Loud
Yeshua Messiah I believe you are the Son of Yahweh and the only way to Yahweh. (John 14:6)
That you died on the stake for my sins and rose again that I
might be forgiven and receive eternal life. (Matt.26:26-28;John 3:16;John 17:1-3;ICor 15:3,4)
I renounce all pride and religious self righteousness and any
dignity that does not come from you.
I have no claim on your mercy except that you died in my place.
I confess all my sins before You (note: mention specific sins)
and hold nothing back. I repent of all my sins, I turn away
from them and turn to you for mercy and forgiveness. (Luke 5:22,23)
I forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me.
I lay down all bitterness, all resentment, and all hatred. (Matthew 6:14,15;Matt 18:21,22)
I cut off all contact I've ever had with the occult and false
religion and commit myself to get rid of any implements of the
occult and false religion that is in my power to destroy.
(Deuteronomy 12:2,3;18:9-12;Acts 19:19)
I thank you Yeshua that you were willingly made a curse
That I might be redeemed from every curse and receive the
blessings of Yahweh. On that basis I ask you to release me and
set me free to receive the deliverance I need.
I take my stand with you Yeshua Messiah against Satan and all
of his demons. I take my stand with you Yeshua against every
dark and evil force that has in any way come into my life,
any hindering spirits, any daemons (demons in the space just
above the earth) and any hindering human spirits.
(Matthew 10:1,8;Mark 16,17,18)
I submit to you Yeshua Messiah  and resist the devil. So be it (Amen).
Deliverance Prayer Over Demons
And now I speak directly to any demons that have followed me, been transferred to me or sent to me. I COMMAND YOU TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW AND DON'T COME BACK IN YESHUA MESSIAH'S NAME.
I command any demons that have attached themselves to any part of my mind, body, will, imagination, libido or personality to LEAVE RIGHT NOW. I disconnect and sever all ties and mediums that connect me with Satan and his demons in Yeshua Messiah's name.
For further more specific deliverance issues follow example below:

I speak directly to any spirit of ________________(fill in blank with appropriate spirit IE. ,alcoholism, poverty, chaos, confusion etc.)
I drive you far from me and release myself from you. I expel
you in the name of Yeshua Messiah, Don't come back!
You have no place in me I belong to Yahweh. I have been bought
back with a price and am sanctified with the blood of Yeshua
Messiah. You can do me no harm you must leave and don't come back
I submit to Yahweh (God the Father) and Yeshua.
Thank You Yahweh HalleluYah!!

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